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How to Cite a Chapter in Print in APA Format

Structure:

Last, F. M. (Year Published). Title of chapter In F. M. Last Editor (Ed.), Title of book/anthology (pp. Pages). Publisher City, State: Publisher.

Examples:

Serviss, G. P. (1911). A trip of terror. In A Columbus of space (pp. 17-32). New York, NY: Appleton.

Hemingway, E. (1999). The killers. In J. Updike & K. Kenison (Eds.), The best American short stories of the century (pp.78-80). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.

How to Cite a Chapter Online in APA Format

Format:

Last, F. M. (Year Published). Section title. In F. M. Last (Ed.), Book/anthology [E-reader version, if used] (pp. Pages). doi:# or Retrieved from URL

Examples:

Serviss, G. P. (1911). A trip of terror. A Columbus of space. Retrieved from http://books.google.com

Bellow, S. (1999). A silver dish. In J. Updike & K. Kenison (Eds.), The best american short stories of the century. Retrieved from http://books.google.com

How to Cite an Introduction, Preface, Foreword, or Afterword in APA Format

Format:

Last, F. M. (Year Published). Section title [Section Type]. In F. M. Last & F. M. Last (Eds.),Book/anthology (pp. Pages). City, State: Publisher.

Examples:

Sanders, S. R. (2007). [Introduction]. In L. Williford & M. Martone (Eds.), Touchstone anthology of contemporary creative nonfiction: Work from 1970 to present (pp. 148-151). New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.

Masur, L. P. (2011). Preface. In The Civil War: A concise history (pp. Iv-Xii). Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press.

View our visual citation guide on how to cite a chapter in APA format.

Whenever you write a paper, you draw from existing sources of information.  It is important to acknowledge those sources when you write your own paper.  But how exactly do you write an acknowledgement of a source you incorporated into your paper?  What does a source citation look like?

The following guide can help you write citations in the American Psyschological Association (APA) style.  (And yes, the APA style is used by many different disciplines, not just psychology). 

Citations consist of two elements:

  • A quick note in the text of your paper anytime you use an existing source of information.  The "in-text citations" tab above shows you how to include a note in the text of your paper when you use a source.
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  • A complete list of the sources you used at the end of your paper.  The tabs above will show you how to present a webpage, article, book, encyclopedia, or DVD in the list of references at the end of your paper.  General guidelines on how you present a your list of references include:
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    • Reference list starts on a new page. Type the word "References" centered at the top of the page.
    • Double-space all reference list entries
    • The first line of each reference is set at the left margin and subsequent lines are indented ½ inch
    • Arrange alphabetically, not by format (book, journal, etc)

Please see the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for further info.  The library has one copy of the Manual in the Ready Reference section on the second floor of the library, and one held on 24 hour reserve.