Citing Book Chapters In Bibliography

Chapter – A section of a book that is generally numbered or titled.


 

Cite a chapter in print

Structure:

Last, First M. “Section Title.” Book/Anthology. Ed. First M. Last. City: Publisher, Year Published. Page(s). Print.

 

Example:

Serviss, Garrett P. “A Trip of Terror.” A Columbus of Space. New York: Appleton, 1911. 17-32. Print.


Cite a chapter of a book that was found online

Structure:

Last, First M. “Section Title.” Book/Anthology. Ed. First M. Last. City: Publisher, Year Published. Page(s). Website Title. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.


Note: Additional publication information can be found on the title page of the e-book.

Date accessed: The date that you accessed and read the content.

Note: When citing sources reproduced online from their print versions, it is not necessary to include online information such as the website publisher or the date of electronic publication.

Example:

Serviss, Garrett P. “A Trip of Terror.” A Columbus of Space. New York: Appleton, 1911. 17-32. Google Books. Web. 16 Mar. 2013.


 by Chelsea Lee

After slogging through a 500-page tome, you may find but one or two shiny little facts relevant to your research. It might seem like going overboard to cite the entire book when you used just a paragraph or a chapter . . . so what to cite, then, the chapter or the book? 

The type of reference needed depends on who wrote what. Essentially, you should cite the largest entity that the author in question is responsible for.

Book References

If the author wrote the entire book, then provide a reference for the whole book. Here are templates for print books, electronic books, and books with DOIs (print or electronic), respectively:

Author, A. A. (Year). Title of work. Location: Publisher.
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of work [E-reader version, if applicable]. Retrieved from http://xxxxx
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of work [E-reader version, if applicable]. doi:xxxxx

Book Chapter References

On the other hand, if the chapter comes from a book where each chapter is written by different authors (and the whole thing is put together by an editor), then provide a separate reference for each chapter that you used. The templates for chapters in edited books are shown below, for print books, electronic books, and books with DOIs (either print or electronic), respectively:

Author, A. A. (Year). Title of chapter. In B. B. Editor (Ed.), Title of book (pp. xxx–xxx). Location: Publisher.
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of chapter. In B. B. Editor (Ed.), Title of book [E-reader version, if applicable] (pp. xxx–xxx). Retrieved from http://xxxxx
Author, A. A. (Year). Title of chapter. In B. B. Editor (Ed.), Title of book [E-reader version, if applicable] (pp. xxx–xxx). doi:xxxxx

Here information on both the whole book and the chapter is provided. This allows the reader to retrieve the book and to know who is responsible for both the whole book and the chapter in question. If there are no page numbers in the electronic book, omit that portion of the reference. 

Other Notes

If you read an e-book on an e-reader, such as a Kindle, Sony Reader, or Nook, provide the version that you read (e.g., Kindle DX version) in square brackets following the title, not italicized, as shown in the examples above. 

To help your reader find the cited material, you can provide additional detail (page numbers, chapter numbers, etc.) in the text reference. Always give specific location information (generally, page numbers; here's what to do when there are no page numbers) for direct quotations; it is optional for paraphrasing and other mentions. 

More information and real-life examples are provided in the sixth edition APA Publication Manual, section 7.02 (pp. 202–205).

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