Review of a book [from Print source using APA 5th ed.]


A book review is very much like a journal article, except that a description of form and content is given in the reference, in square brackets.

If the review has no title, move the descriptive element [Review of the book, etc. - see below] into the title position, and retain the square brackets to indicate that the contents are a description of form and content, not a title.

Standard Form

Author, Initials. (year). Title of review. [Review of the book Title of the book], Journal title. volume number - if there is one (part or issue number),start and end page numbers of article.


Egan, B. A. (1998). [Review of the book Science and the construction of women]. Gender and education, 10(4), 468-469.

Gottfried, P. (1992). Hungarian intellectuals. [Review of the book Exile and social thought: Hungarian intellectuals in Germany and Austria 191-1933]. Telos, 92, 178-180.

Citation in Text

Congdon has mixed feelings about Lukacs (Gottfried, 1992, p. 178) in that ...

Egan cites Maynard (1998, p. 469 ) as discussing the definitions of "science" and "technology" which she finds ...