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APA (7th Edition) Referencing Guide

Guide to APA citation style using the 7th Edition of the APA Style Manual.

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:

Are you sure it is a book chapter?

Are you sure you should be citing a chapter of this book, and not the whole book? Check the page on Books and book chapters.

Standard chapter pattern

Chapter from a book:


Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date). Title of chapter: Subtitle. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book: Subtitle (edition*, pages of chapter). Publisher. DOI or URL (if electronic)

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date). Title of chapter: Subtitle. In Title of book: Subtitle (edition*, pages of chapter). Publisher. DOI or URL (if electronic)

*if not the first edition - do not include edition information for first editions.


Le Couteur, D., Kendig, H., Naganathan, V., & McLachlan, A. (2010). The ethics of prescribing medications to older people. In S. Koch, F. M. Gloth, & R. Nay (Eds.), Medication management in older adults (pp. 29-42). Springer.

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

Pagliano, P. (2018). Inclusive practices. In A. Ashman (Ed.), Education for inclusion and diversity (6th ed., pp. 235-267). Pearson Australia.

Rolf, F., & Burston, A. (2020). Safety. In A. Berman, G. Frandsen, S. Snyder, T. Levett-Jones, A. Burston, T. Dwyer, M. Hales, N. Harvey, L. Moxham, F. Rolf , K. Reid-Searl,  & D. Stanley (Eds.), Kozier and Erb’s fundamentals of nursing (5th Australian ed., pp. 2695-2833). Pearson.



  • You only include an edition number if it is not the first edition. If you have a multi-volume work, the volume number goes in the same brackets as the edition number: (3rd ed., Vol. 4, pp. 12-13).
  • Include a DOI if available. Do not include a URL or database information for works from academic research databases - such as ProQuest or Medline - or books that are platform specific, such as Kindle or Kobo. Include a URL for eBooks from other websites. 
  • 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.

Special examples

Here are some special examples of book chapters that have been a bit tricky:

Harding, M. R. (Writer), & Cashin, A. (Adaptor). (2015). The importance of nursing. In D. Brown, H. Edwards, L. Seaton, & T. Buckley (Eds.), Lewis's medical-surgical nursing: Assessment and management of clinical problems (4th ed., Australian and New Zealand ed., pp. 2-20). Elsevier Australia.

In text: (Harding & Cashin, 2015).

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