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Books in Reference List

This category includes authored books (everything from Harry Potter to Nursing: Human Science and Human Care), edited books (editors are listed rather than an author), anthologies (includes work from multiple authors), or a work from an organization (like American Nurses Association). Reference works include dictionaries, manuals, encyclopedias, etc. 

Authored Book

Author. (Year). Title of book. Publisher Name.

Watson, J. (2005). Caring science as sacred science. F.A. Davis. 

With multiple publishers list each by name, separated with a semi-colon.

Sitzman, K. & Watson, J. (2013). Caring science, mindful practice. Springer; F.A. Davis.

Book with DOI

If a DOI is available for your book, simply add the DOI URL at the end of the book citation.

Brown, L. S. (2013). Getting past your citation fear. Routledge.

Authored Book with Editor on Cover

If an editor is credited on the cover of a book, you'll need to credit the editor in parentheses after the the title:

Meadows, D. H. (2008). Thinking in systems: A primer (D. Wright, Ed.). Chelsea Green Publishing.

Note: author is still listed in the usual place, no period after the end of the italicized title, and the editor's name is not italicized and ordered differently than the author (first initial and last name). You in-text citation will just list the author and year.

Edited Book

Citing an edited book follows the same convention of an authored book, except the editors are designated as such:

Johnson, C. R., DeAngelis, T., & Muhlenhaupt, M. (Eds.). (2015).  Occupational therapy: Examination review guide (4th ed.). F.A. Davis.

Chapter in an Edited Book

Chapters in edited books contain an extra elements compared to regular books. 

Author, A.A. (2019). Title of chapter in sentence case. In E.E. Editor (Ed.) Title of book (pp. 3-23). Publisher.


Puzi, M.A., Reitz, S.M., & Scatta, M.E. (2015). Health promotion and well-being for people with physical disabilities. In Pendleton, H., Schultz-Krohn, W. (Eds.). Pedretti's occupational therapy: Practice skills for physical dysfunction (8th ed., pp. 58-70). Mosby.

The above example includes author, chapter title, editors, book title, edition, and page numbers. It's complicated. Please consult with a librarian or your instructor if you don't feel comfortable with this format.

Work in an Anthology

Hughes, R.G. (2009). The role of failure in philanthropic learning: A commentary on Chapters 1-3. In S.L. Isaacs & D.C. Colby (Eds.)., To improve health and health care: Volume XIII (pp. 1-9). Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

If the item has been previously published elsewhere, you will need to indicate that the end of the citation: (Original work published 2005)

For an in-text citation, you will include both dates 

  • (Hughes, 2005/2009) 
  • Hughes (2005/2009)


In-Text Citations

Citing books in-text follows the typical author-date-page number structure. If you choose to cite the book title within the body of your paper, use italics for:

  • books
  • periodicals (The New York Times, New England Journal of Medicine)
  • films
  • videos
  • TV shows

Although your full citation in the reference list uses sentence case, you will capitalize titles in the body of your work:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

A Never Event

Below are examples of how to cite authors in-text. The same applies to editors.

Author Type Parenthetical Narrative
One author (Smith, 2018, p. 34) Smith (2018) wrote ... (p. 34)
Two authors (Westros & D'Angelo, 2016, p. 45) According to Westros and D'Angelo (2016), the research process ...
Three or more authors (MacArthur et al., 2017, p. 23) MacArthur et al. (2017) analyzed the results using ...

Group authors with abbreviation

First citation

Subsequent citations


(American Nurses Association [ANA], 2019)

(ANA, 2019)


The American Nurses Association (ANA, 2019)

ANA (2019) uses its Code of Ethics ...

Group author without abbreviation (Nebraska Medicine, 2018) Nebraska Medicine (2018) released a statement ...


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