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APA - Referencing Guide

Book Chapters


These examples are for chapters or parts of edited works in which the chapters or parts have individual titles and author/s, but are included in collections or textbooks edited by others.

The examples given below are for print works, for examples of chapters from electronic books, please see E-books.

If the editors of a work are also the authors of all of the included chapters, then it should be cited as a whole book using the examples given for Books.

Only the first letter of the first word of the title of the chapter or part is capitalised.

When providing details of the book editor(s), the editors' initials are given first, followed by the surname.


Standard format for citation

Author of Part, A. A. (Year). Title of chapter or part. In A. A. Editor & B. B. Editor (Eds.), Title: Subtitle of book (edition., inclusive page numbers). Publisher.


Chapter from an edited e-book

Jones, N. A., & Gagnon, C. M. (2007). The neurophysiology of empathy. In T. F. D. Farrow & P. W. R. Woodruff (Eds.), Empathy in mental illness. Cambridge University Press.

Chapter in an edited print book

Friese, C., Hofmann, W., & Wanke, M. (2003). The impulsive consumer: Predicting consumer behavior with implicit reaction time measures. In M. Wanke (Ed.), Social psychology of consumer behavior (pp. 335-364). Psychology Press.

Hine, C. (2001). Ethnography in the laboratory. In D. N. Gellner & E. Hirsch (Eds.), Inside organizations: Anthropologists at work (pp. 61-76). Berg.

Payne, S. (1999). 'Dangerous and different': Reconstructions of madness in the 1990s and the role of mental health policy. In S. Watson & L. Doyal (Eds.), Engendering social policy (pp. 180-195). Open University Press.

Article from an electronic encyclopaedia

Lai, M. C. C. (1999). Hepatitis delta virus. In A. Granoff & R. Webster (Eds.), Encyclopedia of virology (2nd ed.). Academic Press.

Article in a print encyclopaedia

Ford-Martin, P. (2003). Cognitive-behavioral therapy. In E. Thackery & M. Harris (Eds.), Gale encyclopedia of mental disorders (Vol. 1, pp. 226-228). Gale.

Article in a print encyclopaedia: No author

Mental disorders and their treatment. (1987). In The new encyclopaedia Britannica (5th ed., Vol. 23, pp. 956-975). Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Article from an electronic dictionary: No author

Suffragettes. (2016). In J. Palmowski (Ed.), A dictionary of contemporary world history (4th ed.). Oxford University Press.

Article from an electronic reference work: No author

Fluconazole. (2022). In Australian Medicines Handbook. AMH.

See the All Examples page for examples of in-text and reference list entries for specific resources such as articles, books, book chapters, and web pages.