Chapter in an edited e-book: same as print version [from Electronic source using APA 5th ed.]


Use this format for e-books which are facsimiles of the printed book. Examples are found in e-book collections such as ebrary, MyiLibrary and dawsonera.

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), or an introduction. Some edited books consist of material previously published elsewhere, e.g. in journals. Ignore this, and follow the format 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.

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) [Electronic version]. Place of publication: Publisher.


Jakobson, R. (2012). On linguistic aspects of translation. In L. Venuti (Ed.), The translation studies reader (pp. 126-139) [Electronic version]. London: Routledge.

Citation in Text

"An array of lingusitic signs is needed to introduce an unfamilar word" (Jakobson, 2012, p.126).


  • 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 ...