How to cite a book chapter in AMA

AMA book chapter citation

To cite a book chapter in a reference entry in AMA style 11st edition include the following elements:

  1. Author(s) of chapter: Give the last name, and initials of up to six authors (e.g. Watson J). For more authors only the first three are listed, followed by et al.
  2. Chapter title: Give the title as presented in the source.
  3. Editor(s) name: Give the last name, and initials followed by a comma and ed or eds. (e.g. Watson J, ed.).
  4. Title of book: Italicize the title and capitalize the first letter of each major word.
  5. Edition: Only include information about the edition if it is not the first.
  6. Place of publication: Give the name of the city in which the publishing entity was located at the time of publication.
  7. Name of the publisher: Abbreviate the publisher's name.
  8. Year of publication: Give the year of publication.
  9. Page numbers: Give the initial page number, a hyphen, and the final page number, followed by a period.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a book chapter in AMA style 11st edition:

Author(s) of chapter. Chapter title. In: Editor(s) name, ed(s). Title of book. Edition ed. Place of publication: Name of the publisher; Year of publication: Page numbers.

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the AMA style guidelines in action:


A chapter by one author, from a book with four editors

Schwartz P. Redefining Resistance: Woman’s Activism in Wartime France. In: Higonnet MR, Jenson J, Michel S, Weitz MC, eds. Behind the lines: Gender and the Two World Wars. New Haven, CT: Yale UP; 1987: 141–53.

A chapter by one author, from a book with one editor

Edgeworth M. The Limerick Gloves. In: Trevor W, ed. The Oxford Book of Irish Short Stories. Oxford, UK: Oxford UP; 2010: 27–51.

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