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

Overview

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

Review of a book from a journal with DOI

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. http://dx.doi.org/number of digital object identifier

Review of a book from a journal without DOI

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. Retrieved from web address

Review of a book from a website

Reviewer, Initials. (year). Title of review. [Review of the book Title of the book, by Initials, Author]. Retrieved from web address

Examples

Lexo1941. (2008). [Review of the book Ways of seeing, by J. Berger]. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R3F9DO437U1GDL/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=014103579X&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=266239&store=books

Citation in Text

The reviewer comments on how advertising tactics have changed (Lexo1941, 2008) ...

Notes

  • 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.
  • The reviewer's real name, if known, is provided first, followed by the screen name in brackets. If only the screen name is known, provide it without brackets.
  • If no date appears on the item you are trying to reference, insert (n.d.) where you would normally give the year. 
  • 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.