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APA Referencing

Citing sources in APA format

Chapters in books

Provide a reference list citation for a chapter in a book when there are editors for the whole book and different authors for individual chapters.

When formatting your chapter in a book references, choose the example below that best matches the book you are referencing. Further examples of chapter in a book references can be found on the APA style blog at this link.

**If a book does not have an edition number, you should only provide the page numbers of the chapter after the title of the book and continue writing the reference without an edition number.

**If a book does not have a doi number or URL that goes directly to the book, end your chapter in a book reference with the name of the publisher.


Chapter in a Book With Editor(s) 

Format: Author, A. (Year). Title of chapter. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (# ed., pp. ## - ##). Publisher Name. DOI or URL

Example: Cattan, M. (2012). Mental health issues for older people. In J. Reed, C. Clarke, & A. Macfarlane (Eds.). Nursing older adults (pp. 251-272). McGraw Hill Education. 


Chapter in a Book With Author(s) 

If the chapter you have read has been written by the author of the book, cite the whole book. Follow the examples in the "Books" section of the LC guide for APA formatted references.



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