How do I cite an e-book using the APA format?


To cite an e-book from a library database in your references list: 

For the APA format, you don't include database information in your citation. APA also prefers a DOI instead of a URL. If you can not locate a DOI, you should put the homepage URL of the journal or book publisher. You can do this by doing a quick web search. Do not include the URL from the database.

Lastname, F. M. (Year). Title of book. Publisher. DOI if available (no period)

For example:

With DOI:

Drago, E. (2019). Painted Alchemists: Early Modern Artistry and Experiment in the Work of Thomas Wijck. Amsterdam University Press.

Without DOI:

Gorman, J. L. (2019). Slavery;s Long Shadow: Race and Reconciliation in American Christianity. Eerdmans.

In-text citations for e-books follow the usual format:

Direct quotations:

(Author Last Name, Year, Page number, if available). 

(Drago, 2019, p. 79)


(Author Last Name, Year)

(Gorman, 2019)

More Resources:

What is a DOI? 

OWL at Purdue- APA Format 

APA Style Blog 


  • Last Updated Jun 11, 2020
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