Q. How do I cite a book in an online discussion?


To cite the book in the text of the discussion, put the author's last name and the year the book was published in parentheses:  (Case-Smith, 2017).

To quote directly from the book, include the page number of the quote: (Case-Smith, 2017, p. 42).

At the end of the discussion post, include a full citation to the book:

Case-Smith, J. (2017). Occupational therapy for children. Maryland Heights, MO: Mosby/Elsevier.

The citation includes:

  • Author's last name and first and middle initial (if available)
  • Year of publication in parentheses
  • Title of the book in italics
  • City and state where published
  • Name of the book publisher.

Examples are on the APA Help guide. 

  • Click on References & In-text Citation Examples
  • Use the drop-down menu under Books.

If you need additional help, contact your Campus Librarians. Thank you for using ASK  US.


  • Last Updated Apr 30, 2019
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