How do you reference a book review?

This page reflects guidance from the sixth edition of the Publication Manual.

For the most current guidelines, see the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.) and our Style and Grammar Guidelines page for the seventh edition.


Schatz, B. R. (2000, November 17). Learning by text or context? [Review of the book The social life of
, by J. S. Brown & P. Duguid]. Science, 290, 1304. doi:10.1126/science.290.5495.1304

  • If the review is untitled, use the material in brackets as the title; retain the brackets to indicate that the material is a description of form and content, not a title.
  • Identify the type of medium being reviewed in brackets (book, motion picture, television program, etc.).
  • If the reviewed item is a book, include the author names after the title of the book, separated by a comma.
  • If the reviewed item is a film, DVD, or other media, include the year of release after the title of the work, separated by a comma.

(adapted from the sixth edition of the APA Publication Manual, © 2010)