Chapter in an edited book [from Print source using APA 6th ed.]


Use this format for a chapter in an edited book, where the contents page shows that the chapters have been written by several different
people. This format can also apply to a chapter written by the editor(s), and an introduction or a foreward written by a different person from the editor(s).

Some edited books consist of material previously published elsewhere, e.g. in journals. Ignore this, and follow the style outlined below. You have to reference what you have seen, and not the previous publication, which you cannot be sure was not different.

Don't panic if you see several dates inside the book. The date you need to use is the one which matches the edition of the book that you're using. Ignore any dates that are just listed as reprints or impressions. Look on the book cover and see if it says e.g. Fourth edition (it should also say this on the title page inside the book). In this case all that you need to show in your reference in the reference list is the date for the 4th edition of the book (and give the edition after the title of the book, immediately before the page numbers). Search for the book on the library catalogue to check the details needed for the reference if you are unsure.

Use this format if you want to reference a chapter in an edited book in Moodle which is a copyright-cleared digital scan of the print version. Include [Scan from Moodle] to indicate the format. If you access a book or e-book via a link in Moodle, reference these sources in the usual way.

Standard Form

Author of chapter, Initials. (year). Title of chapter. In Initials. Name of Editor/s (Ed.), Title of book (Edition if later than first e.g. 3rd ed., pp. start and end page numbers of chapter). Place of publication: Publisher.


Morgan, J. W. (2007). Introduction. In J. W. Morgan (Ed.), Ethics in sport (pp. 3-12). Leeds: Human Kinetics.

Rogers, C. R. (1959). A theory of therapy, personality, and interpersonal relationships, as developed in the client-centered framework. In S. Koch (Ed.), Psychology: A study of science (Vol. 3, pp. 184-256). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Tenbrunsel, A. E., Galvin, T. L., Neale, M. A., & Bazerman, M. H. (1999). Cognitions in organizations. In S. R. Clegg, C. Hardy, & W. R. Nord (Eds.), Managing organizations (pp. 63-87). London: Sage.

Vygotsky, L. S. (1991). Genesis of the higher mental functions. In P. Light, S. Sheldon, & M. Woodhead (Eds.), Learning to think (pp. 32-41). London: Routledge.

Woolcock, S. (2000). European trade policy. In H. Wallace, & W. Wallace (Eds.), Policy-making in the European Union (4th ed., pp. 373-399). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Collection of readings

Borges, J. L. (2004). The translators of The One Thousand and One Nights (E. Allen, Trans.). In L. Venuti (Ed.), The translation studies reader (2nd ed., pp. 94-108). London: Routledge.

Wade, R. H. (2008). Is globalization reducing poverty and inequality? In F. J. Lechner, & J. Boli (Eds.), The globalization reader (3rd ed., pp. 190-196). Oxford: Blackwell.

If the original extract is reproduced in the collection of readings:

Chomsky, N. (1968). Lingusitic contributions to the study of mind: Future. Reprinted in P. Adams (Ed.) (1972). Language in thinking (pp.323-363). Hammondsworth: Penguin.

Chapter in an edited book in Moodle which is a copyright-cleared digital scan of the print version

Woolcock, S. (2000). European trade policy. In H. Wallace, & W. Wallace (Eds.), Policy-making in the European Union (4th ed., pp. 373-399) [Scan from Moodle]. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Chapter in a custom textbook or course pack compiled by other people

Darcy, C. (2016). Motivation in the workplace. In J. Karas (Comp.), Managing people in organisations (pp. 97-126). London: Palgrave.

McGrath, P. (2016). Organisational structure. In J. Karas (Comp.), Managing people in organisations (pp. 231-257). London: Palgrave.

Citation in Text

It has been suggested that this version is poorly written (Borges, 2004, p. 101) ...

Wade (2008, p. 191) suggests that globalization is a mixed blessing ...

Chomsky focuses on lingusitics (1968, p. 330) ...

... in seeking to clarify ethical principles (Morgan, 2007, pp. 5-6).

... existence of a patterned course of growth in science (Rogers, 1959, p. 189).

There is a definitive view of organisational structure (Tenbrunsel, Galvin, Neale, & Bazerman, 1999, p. 66) which postulates that ...

Vygotsky (1991, p. 33) defines "higher mental function" as ...

When trying to apply Maslow's theory to a small group of students Sackett's (1998) criticism cited by Darcy (2016, p.102) that individual needs may not follow precisely the same order seems very creditable.

McGrath (2016) notes that the five key parts of Mintzberg's model of an organisation may vary in size and power across different organisations. 



  • Treat multiple authors of a chapter in the same way as multiple authors of a book.
  • If there is no identifiable author, begin your reference with the title of the document. Cite the first few words of the title in the text of your work and use double quotation marks around the title.
  • For collections of readings, if the extract is short (e.g. paragraphs), reference the book, and treat it as a quotation e.g. Smith (1856), quoted by Brown (2005, p. 54), says that ...