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APA (7th Edition) Referencing Guide

Guide to APA citation style using the 7th Edition of the APA Style Manual. This guide is in Beta mode, and some links and pages will become available shortly.

Check With Your Lecturer

This is a guide to the 7th Edition of APA style, which is a recent update to the APA citation style.

Your lecturer may prefer APA 6th Edition. Check your subject outline to see which version of APA you have been asked to use. If the subject outline does not specify which APA edition you should be using, please check with your lecturer.

If you are supposed to use APA 6th Edition, please go to the APA (6th Edition) Referencing Guide:

Is it a Book or a Chapter?

When to cite the whole book:

When the entire book has been written by the same set of authors, and the chapters have not been contributed by different authors, then you regard the entire book as a single source and cite the whole book. If you use three different chapters from the same book, it still only counts as one source - only one book.

Oshima, A., & Hogue, A. (2007). Introduction to academic writing. Pearson/Longman.
 

When to cite the individual chapters:

If the book has been edited or compiled, and each chapter has its own authors, then you cite each chapter separately. If you use three different chapters, each chapter counts as a separate source.

Martin, A. (2006). Literacies for the digital age. In A. Martin & D. Madigan (Eds.), Digital literacies for learning (pp. 3-25). Facet.

 

Information needed for a book Information needed for a chapter of an edited book
  • The author(s) of the book
  • The date of publication of the book
  • The title of the book
  • The name of the publishers
  • If it is an electronic book, you will need a URL or a DOI. 
  • The author(s) of the chapter
  • The date of publication of the book
  • The title of the chapter
  • The editor(s) of the book
  • The title of the book
  • The page numbers for the chapter (complete range - e.g., 25-39)
  • The name of the publishers
  • If it is an electronic book, you will need a URL or a DOI. 

Are you trying to cite a section of a custom textbook? Custom textbooks are works that have been compiled for a particular course or cohort, and the chapters may have originally come from a variety of sources. Please see the section on Custom Textbooks under Class Handouts and Lectures.

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