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Homepage / How do I reference a book… in the APA7 style?

How do I reference a book… in the APA7 style?


Book references are very simple in APA7 and tend to be one of the first reference formats you will learn in a referencing session.

What should your reference include?

  • Author(s) of the book (Surname, Initials.)
  • (Year of publication).
  • Title of book in full – in italics.
  • (Edition details – if not the first).
  •  Publisher.

And how should it look?

If we were to reference the strategy text below in the APA7 style, it would look like this:

MacKay, B., Arevuo, M., Mackay, D. & Meadows, M. (2020). Strategy: theory,
practice, implementation. Oxford University Press.

Your reference should be formatted with a hanging indent.

If I’m referencing an eBook…?

For eBooks, we need to add the following information to the end of the reference. 

  • URL or DOI – but this is only required if the book has NOT come from a Library subscription database.

So an eBook reference would look like this…

Thurman, J. T. (2017). Practical bomb scene investigation (3rd ed.). CRC Press.


As always if you have any questions about referencing, please contact your Library.  

Please note: Cranfield supports two different referencing styles – APA7 (Author-date) and Numbered (NLM). Please make sure you use the style preferred by your supervisor or lecturer. The advice above relates only to the APA7 style. If you have any questions about referencing, please contact the Library.

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Karen Stokes

Written By: Karen Stokes

A Business Librarian since 2009, Karen leads support for the Cranfield MBA courses, both full-time and Executive.

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