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Answered By: Cassie Sampson, Education & General Education Librarian
Last Updated: May 10, 2016     Views: 101

Whether or not you include both the title and the author's name for autobiographies is dependent on the title of the autobiography. In the text of a paper, if the author's name is in the title, do not include the author's name in addition to the title.  In an APA reference, the author's name and the title would both be required.

Example sentences:

  • Yes: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is a wonderful book....
  • No: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin is a wonderful book...
  • Yes: Unsinkable, the autobiography of Debbie Reynolds, is a wonderful book...
  • No: Unsinkable, the autobiography, is a wonderful book...


Franklin, B. (1996). The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Mineola, NY:

Dover. (Original work published 1868).

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