Q. Do I have to cite a book if I'm only mentioning the title?

APA style


You can mention the title of a book without needing to cite it on the References page.

  • Example: Dr. Seuss wrote many great children's books such as Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, and Horton Hears a Who.
  • This does not need a citation.

However, if summing up (or paraphrasing) content or ideas from the book, cite the book and put it on the References page.

  • Example:  Dr. Seuss wrote a great children's book, Green Eggs and Ham, that encourages children to eat foods that they have never tried because it could be good and they could like it (Seuss, 1960).
  • The book would be listed as a source on the References page.

For examples of citations, see the APA Help guide.

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  • Last Updated Apr 17, 2019
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