How to Cite Translated Book in APA

When it comes to citing translated books in APA format, there is a specific structure to follow. This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to cite translated books in APA, accompanied by a citation example for better understanding.

How to Cite Translated Book in APA


  • Step 1: List the Contributor Start by listing the names of the contributors, which can be authors, or groups/organizations.
  • Step 2: Include the Publication Year After listing the contributors, include the publication year of the translated book in parentheses.
  • Step 3: Add the Book Title Next, provide the title of the book in italics. If the book has been translated, include the translation of the title in square brackets.
  • Step 4: Specify Edition and Volume – If applicable, include information about the edition and volume of the book in parentheses.
  • Step 5: Mention the Publisher Include the name of the publisher of the translated book.
  • Step 6: Include the DOI – If the book has a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), include it at the end of the citation. The DOI is a unique alphanumeric string that provides a permanent link to the online version of the book.

Accurate Title Translation: When citing a translated book in APA format, ensure that the translation of the title accurately reflects the content of the original work. The goal is to provide readers with a clear understanding of the book’s subject matter. 

Specify Edition: If the book is a translated edition, indicate the edition in parentheses after the book title. This ensures accurate formatting.


To create a citation for a translated book in APA format, follow this structure:

García, L. (1985). Cien años de soledad [One Hundred Years of Solitude]. Harper & Row.
Author 1 Surname, Author 1 Initial(s). (Year). Title [Translation of title]. Publisher


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Tomas Elliott (Ph.D.)

Tomas Elliott is an assistant Professor of English at Northeastern University London. His research specialisms include the history of theatre and film, European modernism, world literature, film adaptation, transmedia studies and citation practices. He read English and French Literature at Trinity College, Oxford, before completing a PhD in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania.

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