Chapter in an edited book [from Print source using APA 5th 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 bibliography/reference list is the date for the 4th edition of the book (and also give the edition after the book title). Search for the book on the library catalogue to check the details needed for the reference if you are unsure.

Standard Form

Author of chapter, Initials. (year). Title of chapter. In Initials. Name of Editor/s (Ed.), Title of book (pp. start and end page numbers of chapter). Place of publication: Publisher.


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.

Collection of readings

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.

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.

Citation in Text

... 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 ...

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) ...


  • Treat multiple authors of a chapter in the same way as multiple authors of a book.
  • 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 ...