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APA Citation Style, Seventh Edition: Reviews

Section 10.7

This page provides guidance on citing reviews of books (see example 1), films (see example 2), TV shows, and other entertainment. 


In General:

  • The reference format for a review should be the same as the format for the type of content appearing in that source. 
  • Add information about the item being reviewed in square brackets after the title (e.g., [Review of the...]). 


General Format

      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 
     (Reviewer Surname, Year)
      In-Text Citation (Quotation):
      (Author Surname & Author Surname, Year, Page Number)
Reviewer Surname, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year, Month Day). Title of review [Review of the format Title, by author/editor/director, Ed./Dir.]. Title of Periodical, Volume(issue), page range OR Blog Title. https:// DOI OR https:// URL of article [if applicable]
Note: The format of the reference entry depends on the kind of source the review came from (e.g., journal, newspaper, website).
Example 1


      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 
     (Adams, 2014)
      In-Text Citation (Quotation):
      (Adams, 2014, p. 20)
Adams, P. D. (2014). Murder, misadventure, and mobsters [Review of the book Vengeance is mine: A Red River mystery, by R. Z. Wortham]. Texas Books in Review, 34(2), 19-21.


Example 2


      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 
     (Siede, 2019)
      In-Text Citation (Quotation):
      (Siede, 2019, para. 2)
Siede, C. (2019, November 4). The new Lady and the tramp feels like a '90s update of a '50s classic [Review of the film Lady and the tramp, by C. Bean, Dir.]. A.V. Club.