Q. How do I reference a chapter out of a book?


You do not need to write separate references for chapters from books where all the chapters were written by the same author--even if one or two chapters are contributed by a separate author. You will just reference the entire book. However, you do need to write separate references for chapters from an edited collection where each chapter is written by a different author.


The general format for this reference is:

Author, A. (Year). Chapter title. In E. Editor (Ed.), Book title: Subtitle (pp.). City, State: Publisher.

For example:          

Massaro, D. (1992). Broadening the domain of the fuzzy logical model of perception. In H. L. Pick, Jr., P. van den Broek, & D. C. Knill (Eds.), Cognition: Conceptual and methodological issues (pp. 51–84). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

For More Information

See "Books and Book Chapters: What to Cite" (Lee, 2011).


Lee, C. (2011, February, 24). Books and book chapters: What to cite [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2011/02/books-and-book-chapters-what-to-cite.html

  • Last Updated Jul 30, 2018
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