How to Cite a Reference to a Book With an Editor & No Author in APA

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When conducting research, it is not uncommon to come across a book compiled by an editor with no author. This can make your bibliography a little tricky. Still, your reference must be listed from an ethical standpoint, and to avoid plagiarism. Learn how to correctly cite this type of reference when writing an American Psychological Association-style paper.

An Example Citation

  • An APA citation places the editors' names first, as well as the year of publication. Next comes the title of the book and edition number, followed by the place and name of the publisher. The following is an example:

    Rivkin, J., and Ryan, M. (Eds.). (2004). Literary Theory: An Anthology. (2nd ed.). Malden, MA: Blackwell.

    The title of the book is always placed in italics within the citation. Also, note that APA requires you to list the last names of editors and the first initials. The in-text citation will include the last name of the editor(s), followed by the year of publication: (Rivkin & Ryan, 2004).

An Exception to the Rule

  • Using a single article or chapter in a book will cause slight alterations to your reference. For example, if you use an article titled “Introduction: Language and Action” in the book "Literary Theory: An Anthology," your reference would look like this:

    Introduction: Language and Action. (2004). Literary Theory: An Anthology. (2nd ed., pp. 127-130). Malden, MA: Blackwell.

    Instead of listing the editor in the in-text citation, write the title of the article. For example: ("Introduction: Language and Action," 2004).

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