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Citation Help: Reviews - Print & Online


This page covers some basic examples of APA citations for reviews.  For more complete information, see the resources listed in the box to the right. 

In each box below you will see a list of the elements you need to gather to create the citation. Where you find the elements, will depend on the type of source (magazine, journal, book) that contains the review.  Then you will see the formatting to use to put the elements in the proper format.  Last, you will see an example of a citation in APA format.

Also note that the citation examples should be double spaced with a hanging indentation, which are not always displayed correctly online.  To view a paper formatted for APA, including the reference list at the end, see the APA Sample Paper from the OWL at Purdue.

Elements, Format, & Examples

Elements Needed (in order given) -

  • Reviewer. Start with title if no reviewer is listed.
  • (Date). Put date after title if there is no reviewer listed.
  • Review title, if available. Only first word, proper nouns and first word after a colon capitalized.
  • Medium being reviewed (book, movie)
  • [Review of the book/movie/othermedium Title being reviewed italicized. Only first word, proper nouns and first word after a colon capitalized.]
  • Journal, Magazine, or Book Title italicized and all important words capitalized.
  • Volume (Issue italicized)
  • Pages
  • Add Place: Publisher if from a Book
  • Retrieved from URL or Database name if online.

Format -

Reviewer, R.R. (Date). Review title. [Review of the medium title]. Publication Title, volume,

          issue, pages. New York: Gale.  Retrieved from database name or URL.

Example Magazine Article with Author -

Schatz, B.R. (2000). Learning by text or context? [Review of the book The social

          life of information]. Science, 290, 1304.

Example Newspaper Article with Author from Database -

Hynes, J. (1999, April 4). Bourgeois blues. [Review of the book Werewolves in their

          youth]. Washington Post Book World, X7. Retrieved from 

          Literature Resource Center database.

Example Book in Multi-Volume Set -

Keymer, D. (1995). John Grisham 1955(?) -. [Review of the book A time to kill]. 

          In J.P. Draper (Ed.), Contemporary literary criticism: Vol.84 (pp. 189-201).

          New York: Gale.


More In-Depth Help

This guide is meant as a general overview.  For more in-depth help, please use the following resources, review the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, or contact an LPC librarian.