Guide: How to cite a Chapter of an edited book in APA style
Use the following template to cite a chapter of an edited book using the APA citation style. For help with other source types, like books, PDFs, or websites, check out our other guides. To have your reference list or bibliography automatically made for you, try our free citation generator.
Key:Pink text = information that you will need to find from the source.
Black text = text required by the APA style.
Place this part in your bibliography or reference list at the end of your assignment.
Template:Author Surname, Author Initial. (Year Published). Chapter Title. In Title (p. Pages Used). City: Publisher. Retrieved from http://Website URL
Example:Morgenthau, H. (2005). A realist theory of international politics. In H. Morgenthau, K. Thompson & D. Clinton, Politics among nations: The struggle for peace and power (7th ed., pp. 3-16). Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education.
Place this part right after the quote or reference to the source in your assignment.
Template(Author Surname, Year Published)
Example“Realism, then considers prudence - the weighing of consequences of alternative political actions to be the supreme virtue in politics.” (Morgenthau, 2005)
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How to Cite a Chapter from a Book in Print
The basic information you want to include is the name of the book, the editor, compiler, and or translator of the book, and the publication information. Also, be sure to cite the name of the section you are citing, its author or contributors, and the page numbers of the section.
Last, First M. "Section Title." Book/Anthology. Ed. First M. Last. City: Publisher, Year Published. Page(s). Print.
Hemingway, Ernest. "The Killers." The Best American Short Stories of the Century. Ed. John Updike, Ed.Katrina Kenison. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999. 78-80. Print.
Serviss, Garrett P. "A Trip of Terror." A Columbus of Space. New York: Appleton, 1911. 17-32. Print.
How to Cite a Chapter from a Book Online in MLA
Include the same information as a regular book. Add as much as the original publication information as possible. After citing the original publication information, add the electronic publication information. This includes the title of the internet site, the editor of the site (if given), the date of electronic publication (if given), and the sponsoring institution or organization. Also, be sure to include the date accessed. MLA 7th Edition does not require a URL at the end.
Last, First M. "Section Title." Book/Anthology. City: Publisher, Year Published. Website Title. Web. Day Month Year Accessed.
Serviss, Garrett P. "A Trip of Terror." A Columbus of Space. New York: Appleton, 1911. 17-32. Google Books Web. 16 Mar. 2010.
Evans, Dave."Chapter 4: Web 2.0, The Social Web." Social Media Marketing: An Hour a Day. Indianapolis, IN: Wiley, 2008. N. pag. Google Books. 21 Dec. 2012.
How to Cite a Chapter from an Anthology in MLA
Last, First M. "Section Title." Book/Anthology. Ed. First M. Last. City: Publisher, Year Published. Website Title. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.
Sanders, Scott R. Introduction. Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: Work from 1970 to Present. Ed. Lex Williford and Michael Martone. New York: Simon &Schuster, 2007. X-Xii. Print.
Bellow, Saul. "A Silver Dish." The Best American Short Stories of the Century. By John Updike. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999. 539-64. Print.
Make sure to:
- Choose if the source was published directly online or originally in print.
- Select the chapter type under Chapter/section title.
- Provide advanced information for the book if it is available.
- Only include the URL if the source cannot be found easily.
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