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APA 6th Edition Style Guide: Book with No Author

American Psychological Association rules for formatting papers, in-text citations, and end references. Examples based on the sixth edition of the Publication Manual from the APA. By Alexis Carlson

Book with No Author


Material Type           In-text Citation              Reference                                                        
Book with no author, no editor

("The Theory of Care," 1978).

Titles of an article, chapter, or web page should be placed in double quotation marks. Titles of a periodical, book, report, or brochure should be italicized.

The theory of care. (1978). Hazards of primary care in aging populations (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: J.B. Lippincott.  

Place the title of the chapter or dictionary/encyclopedia entry in the author spot when there is no author.                                                   

Book with editor(s) and no author (referencing the entire book) (Leonard & Crawford, 2002)                                       

Leonard W. R. & Crawford M. H. (Eds.). (2002). Human biology of pastoral populations. Cambridge, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Book with an editor(s) and no author (referencing a portion of the book) ("Relativity," 2005). Relativity. (2005). In B. Schulyer (Ed.), Psychological terms and meanings (2nd ed., Vol. 35, pp. 235-238). London, England: Bookies.
Book with Anonymous listed as the author (Anonymous, 2005). Anonymous. (2005). Go ask Alice. New York, NY: Simon Pulse.