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APA Citation Style, 7th edition: Two Authors or Editors

A guide to help users create citations using APA (American Psychological Association) style, 7th edition.

About Citing Books

For each type of source in this guide, both the general form and an example will be provided.

The following format will be used:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase) - entry that appears in the body of your paper when you express the ideas of a researcher or author using your own words.  For more tips on paraphrasing check out The OWL at Purdue.

In-Text Citation (Quotation) - entry that appears in the body of your paper after a direct quote.

References - entry that appears at the end of your paper.

Information on citing and several of the examples were drawn from the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.).

Book with Two Authors or Editors

The general format below refers to a book with two authors.

If you are dealing with two editors instead of two authors, you would simply insert the names of the editors into the place where the authors' names are now, followed by "(Eds.)" without the quotation marks (see the Example). The rest of the format would remain the same.

General Format

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):
(Author Surname & Author Surname, Year)
In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):
(Author Surname & Author Surname, Year, page number)
Author Surname, First Initial. Second Initial., & Author Surname, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year). Book title: Subtitle. Publisher.


In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):
(Burley & Harris, 2002)
In-Text Citation (Direct Quote):
(Burley & Harris, 2002, p. 153)
Burley, J., & Harris, J. (Eds.). (2002). A companion to genetics. Blackwell.