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APA 7th Edition Style Guide: Chapters and Parts of Books

How to set-up and cite your sources using APA 7th edition format.

Formatting your References

Once you type your references on the reference page, you will need to put in a hanging indent and double-space the entire reference list. In Microsoft Word, highlight the references from A to Z, then find the paragraph function in the Word ribbon. Select Hanging under Indentation and Double under spacing. See the Formatting your References tab for instructions on doing this on a Mac or in Google Docs.


Abbas, D. D. F. (2020). Manipulating of audio-visual aids in the educational processes in Al-Hilla University College. International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 24(3), 1248-1263.

Chapters and Parts of Books

Material Type           In-text Citation              Reference                                                        
When you have a single author for the entire book ALWAYS cite the entire book in the reference list and use page numbers or chapters in an in-text citation for specificity.  

General Format:

Author’s Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial. (YEAR). Title of the book. Publishing Company.

Chapter from book with a single author

Cite the entire book in the reference list and indicate the chapter in the in-text citation only (8.13)

(Clason, 2008, Chapter 3).

Clason, G. S. (2008). The richest man in Babylon. BN Publishing.


Chapter from an edited book with different authors for each chapter (anthology)

(Berry, 2005).


Berry, W. (2005). War does not maintain peace or promote freedom. In L. I. Gerdes (Ed.), War: Opposing viewpoints (pp. 71-79). Greenhaven Press.

Entry in a reference work (author listed for each entry) (Straus, 1992).

Straus, M. A. (1992). Family violence. In E. F. Borgatta & M. L. Borgatta (Eds.), Encyclopedia of sociology (Vol. 2, pp. 682-689). Simon & Schuster Macmillan.

Entry in a reference work (no author listed for each entry) (Merriam-Webster, 2005).

Merriam-Webster. (2005). Descendant. In Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary (11th ed., p. 337).