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APA Citation Style Guide (7th ed.): Open Textbooks

Open Textbooks

OpenStax and BCcampus are the most widely used open textbook publishers at Douglas College.  Print versions should follow these formats and include the text's URL if available (provided on the text's publication page).

Note- The APA manual does not provide instructions on how to cite open textbooks.  These examples are based on the library's recommendations on how to cite them in an APA format.  We suggest that you check with your instructor first.

BC Campus Examples

Name of organization. (Year of publication). Title of book. Name of publisher. URL

McCartney, S., & Parent, R. (2015). Ethics in law enforcement. BCcampus. http://opentextbc.ca/ethicsinlawenforcement/

 

Melrose, S., Dusome, D., Simpson, J., Crocker, C., & Athens, E. (2015). Supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental illness. BCcampus. http://opentextbc.ca/caregivers/

 

Little, W. (2016). Introduction to sociology (2nd Cdn. ed.). BCcampus.  https://opentextbc.ca/introductiontosociology2ndedition/

OpenStax Example

Name of organization. (Year of publication). Title of book. Name of publisher. URL

OpenStax College. (2013). Anatomy and physiology. http://cnx.org/content/col11496/latest

"When the author and publisher are the same, omit the publisher from the source element." (Publication manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th ed., p. 324)