Book with single author, editor [from Print source using APA 6th ed.]


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Use this style for books by a single author, where they have been published in an edited edition. These will typically be classic texts, and the obvious examples are the plays of Shakespeare.  For a published play which contains line numbers, it is good practice to include the line number when you are citing it in your work, but Act and Scene numbers should always be included.

Don't panic if you see several dates inside the book. The date you need to use is the one which matches the edition of the book that you're using. Ignore any dates that are just listed as reprints or impressions. Look on the book cover and see if it says e.g. Fourth edition (it should also say this on the title page inside the book). In this case all that you need to show in your reference in the bibliography/reference list is the date for the 4th edition of the book (and also give the edition after the book title). Search for the book on the library catalogue to check the details needed for the reference if you are unsure.

Standard Form

Author, Initials. (year). Title of book (Intials Surname, Ed.). Place of publication: Publisher. (Original work published year of publication)


Locke, J. (1997). An essay concerning human understanding (R. Woodhouse, Ed.). London: Penguin. (Original work published 1689)

Marlowe, C. (1962). Doctor Faustus (J. D. Jump, Ed.). London: Methuen. (Original work published 1604)

Shakespeare, W. (2002). Julius Caesar (D. Daniell, Ed.). London: Arden Shakepeare. (Original work published 1623)

Citation in Text

Locke (1997, p. 207) states that we have no idea of an infintite duration ...

Jump refers to Faustus' crises of conscience (Marlowe, 1962, p. lv), indicating that ...

"Brutus, I do observe you now of late" (Shakespeare, 2002, Act 1 Scene 2 Line No. 32).


  • Note that when citing the second work, the example is articulating in the text that it is the editor's words that are being cited, not the main author's.