Answered By: Gabe Gossett
Last Updated: Oct 28, 2021     Views: 11265

Guidance based on APA 7th edition 

If you are citing a chapter in a book where the author wrote all of the chapters, simply cite the entire book. For edited books with authors for different chapters use the chapter author's name for your in-text citation and at the beginning of your reference list citation.

For citing a chapter in an edited book use the following format in your reference list:

Author Last Name, First Initial. (Year). Chapter title in sentence case. In First initial. Editor Last Name (Ed.), Title in italics, (pp. #-##). Publisher Name. URL or DOI, if you have one

For example:

Fonagy, P. (2004). Psychodynamic therapy with children. In H. Steiner (Ed.), Handbook of mental health interventions in children and adolescents: An integrated developmental approach (pp. 621-658). Jossey-Bass.

Consult the APA Manual pages 326-328 for more examples.


  • When you have more than one editor of a book list all of the editors and use the "&" symbol in the place of the word "and." Follow the names with (Eds.). For example: J. Sodt & G. Gossett (Eds.).
  • Include the edition number, if you have one, with the page numbers. For example, (5th ed., pp. 203-254).
  • When you have a DOI or URL, don't put a period at the end and do not use the phrase "Retrieved from."

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