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Reference guide for APA 7th edition

Reference guide for APA 7th edition intended for students at the department of Biology and CEC, Lund University. NB! If you access the guide using a smartphone, the text will open below the menu.

Authored books

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The instructions on this page concern references to authored books, i.e. books where all chapters have the same author(s).

If a DOI has been assigned to the book, include this number in the reference. If no DOI has been assigned and the book was accessed online from a nondatabase website, use the URL of the webpage from which it was retrieved. If the book was accessed in print or retrieved from an academic database, no URL is included.

Do not forget to consult the general instructions on how to write references according to APA (7th edition), including 

Template for how to format references to authored books in the reference list

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (YYYY). Title of book (#th ed., Vol. #). Publisher. DOI or URL

Examples of in-text references to authored books

Parenthetical citation Narrative citation
(Beletsky, 1996) According to Beletsky (1996)...
(Fiscus & Fath, 2019) Fiscus and Fath (2019) concluded...
(Townsend et al., 2008) In a book by Townsend et al. (2008)...

Examples of references to authored books in the reference list

Beletsky, L. (1996). The red-winged blackbird: The biology of a strongly polygenous songbird. Academic press.  

Fiscus, D. A., & Fath, B. D. (2019). Foundations for sustainability: A coherent framework of life-environment relations. Academic Press.

Townsend, C. R., Begon, M., & Harper, J. L. (2008). Essentials of ecology (3rd ed.). Blackwell.