Review of a book [from Print source using APA 6th ed.]


A review of a book is very much like a journal article, except that a description of form and content is given in the reference in square brackets. For differences in style of a newspaper, magazine or journal article reference, see the appropriate pages for articles appearing in these types of source.

The type of medium e.g. book being reviewed is identified in brackets, and the author names are included after the title of the book, separated by a comma.

Standard Form

Reviewer, Initials. (year). Title of review. [Review of the book Title of the book, by Initials, Author], 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, by M. Maynard]. 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 1931-1933, by L. Congdon]. 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 ...


  • If the review has no title, move the descriptive element [Review of the book, etc.] into the title position, and retain the square brackets to indicate that the contents are a description of form and content, not a title.
  • If there is no identifiable author, begin your reference with the title of the review. Cite the first few words of the review title in the text of your work and use double quotation marks around the title.