How to cite a chapter in a book in APA

APA book chapter citation

To cite a chapter in a book in a reference entry in APA style 6th edition include the following elements:

  1. Author(s) of the chapter: Give the last name and initials (e. g. Watson, J. D.) of up to seven authors with the last name preceded by an ampersand (&). For eight or more authors include the first six names followed by an ellipsis (…) and add the last author's name.
  2. Year of publication: Give the year in brackets followed by a full stop.
  3. Chapter title: Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalized.
  4. Editor(s) or Author of the book: Give the name of the author or editor of the book. If it is an editor, write the name (e.g. J. Smith), followed by (Ed.) or (Eds.) respectively. If not available, omit this part.
  5. Title of the book: Book titles are italicized. Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalised.
  6. Page numbers: Give the full page range.
  7. Place of publication: List the city and the US state using the two-letter abbreviation. Spell out country names if outside of the UK or the USA.
  8. Publisher: Give the name of the publisher but omit terms, such as Publishers, Co., and Inc. Retain the words Books and Press.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a chapter in a book in APA style 6th edition:

Author(s) of the chapter. (Year of publication). Chapter title. In Editor(s) or Author of the book (Eds.), Title of the book (pp. Page numbers). Place of publication: Publisher.

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


A chapter from a book of short stories with one editor

Edgeworth, M. (2010). The limerick gloves. In W. Trevor (Ed.), The Oxford book of Irish short stories (pp. 27–51). Oxford UK: Oxford UP.

A chapter from a book with two editors

Bengtson, D. A. (2003). Status of marine aquaculture in relation to live prey: Past, present and future. In J. G. Støttrup & L. A. McEvoy (Eds.), Live feeds in marine aquaculture (pp. 1-16). Oxford UK: Blackwell Science.

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This citation style guide is based on the official Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).

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