Correctly Cite a Book

I have a book that will not cite correctly in my references. The citation continues to exclude the publisher and location portion of the citation. How do I correct this?

I have it listed as a book with all the necessary information in the place and publisher fields.

I have tried deleting the internal citation and the reference line, then reciting. It did not work.
  • I'm guessing this is APA style and the book has a DOI: in that case, the citation without other publishing information (such as publisher&place) is correct.
  • edited July 26, 2019
    The APA manually says to only include one “where” piece of information—DOI, URL, or publisher/place, in that order of preference. See the examples here for details https://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2011/02/books-and-book-chapters-what-to-cite.html
  • bwiernik - unfortunately my dissertation Chair does not agree. His response was:

    APA PsycNet does not support Zotero’s approach. PsycNet states that the citation for the book is:

    Sales, B. D., & Krauss, D. A. (2015). The law and public policy: Psychology and the social sciences. The psychology of law: Human behavior, legal institutions, and law. Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association.
    http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/14593-000

    PsycNet is also a bit of a mess, however, because the cite they provide is partially incorrect. It confuses the APA SERIES the book was part of with the book’s title. The book’s title is The Psychology of Law: Human Behavior, Legal Institutions, and Law. The APA Series the book was published in is the Law and Public Policy/Psychology and the Social Sciences. Publishers rarely provide the series name except for marketing purposes, so scholars rarely include the series name in Reference sections.

    Finally, since the book was published in hardbound and not online, and since it is still available for sale in hardbound, I believe the traditional citation format is still the correct, particularly since you can provide the http address at the end of the citation (although it is not obligatory to add it to the traditional cite).

    So how can I get Zotero to change THIS:
    Sales, B. D., & Krauss, D. A. (2015). In The psychology of law: Human behavior, legal institutions, and law. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/14593-000 to the above?
  • PsycNet provides automated citations, not authoritative ones (as you yourself point out).
    bwiernik links to the authoritative blogpost on the topic by the APA; your dissertation chair is simply wrong about this. FWIW, the number of people worldwide who know & understand the APA citation style better than bwiernik is likely in the single digits.
    Finally, since the book was published in hardbound and not online, and since it is still available for sale in hardbound, I believe the traditional citation format is still the correct
    That's not really a question of belief, though. APA is completely unambiguous about this:
    Here are templates for print books, electronic books, and books with DOIs (print or electronic), respectively:
    (followed by citations without publisher&location; my emphasis)

    If you want to customize your copy of the Zotero APA style to placate your dissertation chair, that's obviously possible (see https://www.zotero.org/support/dev/citation_styles/style_editing_step-by-step ) but seems rather unnecessary and isn't going to be supe easy given the complexity of the style.
  • edited 27 days ago
    You can also see in the APA manual that no example provides more than one piece of “where” information.
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