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APA Style -6th edition

This guide provides resources for learning how to cite your sources using APA Style guidelines.

Book with Three to Five Authors or Editors

The general format below refers to a book with three authors.  For a book with four or five authors, you would add the additional names after the first three.
If it is book that has three to five editors instead of authors, simply use the names of the editors followed by "(Eds.)" without the quotation marks as in the example below. The rest of the format remains the same.
General Format
  • In-text citation, paraphrase: (Author's surname, Author's surname, & Author's surname, year)

NOTE: Although the first in-text citation for a work with three to five authors/editors includes all of the names of the authors/editors, subsequent citations require only the first author's/editor's surname, followed by et al. and the year.

  • In-text citation, quotation: (Author's surname, Author's surname, & Author's surname, year, page number)

Reference list citation: 

Author's surname, Initial(s)., Author's surname, Initial(s)., & Author's surname, Initial(s). (Date of publication). Title of work: Subtitle

of work. Place of publication: Publisher.


  • In-text citation, paraphrase: (Johnson, Roberts, & Worell, 1999)

NOTE: A subsequent citation would appear as (Johnson et al., 1999)

  • In-text citation, quotation: (Johnson, Roberts, & Worell, 1999, p. 72)

Reference list citation: 

Johnson, N. G., Roberts, M. C., & Worell, J. (Eds.). (1999). Beyond appearance: A newlook at adolescent girls. Washington, DC:

American Psychological Association.