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APA 6th Edition Style Guide: Chapters and Parts of Books

American Psychological Association rules for formatting papers, in-text citations, and end references. Examples based on the sixth edition of the Publication Manual from the APA. By Alexis Carlson

Chapters and Parts of Books

Material Type           In-text Citation              Reference                                                        

General Format:

Author’s Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial. (YEAR). Chapter title. Title of the book (pp. #-#). Place of Publication: Publishing Company.

Chapter from book with a single author (Clason, 2008).

Clason, G. S. (2008). The tale of seven remedies for a lean purse. The richest man in Babylon (pp. 23-25). Charleston, SC: BN Publishing.

"The tale of seven remedies for a lean purse" is the chapter title. APA style uses p. for a one page item and pp. for multiple pages.                                                             

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). Detroit, MI: 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). New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Macmillan.


Entry in a reference work (no author listed for each entry) ("Descendant," 2005).

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