Book translated into English [from Print source using APA 6th ed.]


If an English translation of a non-English work is used as a source, reference the English translation. Use the English form of the title, and include the date of publication of the original work.

Standard Form

Author, Initials. (year of translation). Title of book (Initials, Translator, Trans.). Place of publication: Publisher. (Original work published Year of original)


Derrida, J. (2002). Who's afraid of philosophy (J. Plug, Trans.). Stanford: Stanford University Press. (Original work published 1990)

Machiavelli, N. (1961). The prince (G. Bull, Trans.). London: Penguin. (Original work published 1515)

Citation in Text

In the text, cite the original publication date as well as the date of the translation:

He argues (Derrida, 1990/2002, p. 17) that ...

Machiavelli (1515/1961, p. 8) argues that the establishment of settlements ...


  • Where the translation is in a second or later edition, the year of translation given should be the year of the edition used, as it would be with an untranslated book.
  • Where there are multiple authors or translators, follow the guidance for books with multiple authors or multiple editors (chapter from an edited book)