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APA (6th Edition) Referencing Guide

Referencing Guide based on the 6th Edition of APA style

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 print book:


Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (year). Title of chapter: Subtitle. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book: Subtitle (pages of chapter*). City, State Abbreviation (if in US) or City, Country of publication (non-US): Publisher.

*if you have a book that isn't the first edition, you will put the edition number before the page numbers in the same set of brackets.


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

Pagliano, P., & Gillies, R. M. (2015). Inclusive practices. In A. Ashman (Ed.), Education for inclusion and diversity (pp. 131-161). Melbourne, Australia: Pearson Australia.

Dwyer, T., & Quinney, L. (2015). Oxygenation. In A. Berman, S. J. Snyder, T. Levett-Jones, T. Dwyer, M. Hales, N. Harvey, . . . D. Stanley (Eds.), Kozier and Erb’s fundamentals of nursing (3rd Australian ed., Vol. 3, pp. 1471-1515). Melbourne, Australia: Pearson.

Chapter of an ebook:


Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (year). Title of chapter: Subtitle. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book: Subtitle [E-reader version, if applicable] (pages of chapter*). Retrieved from URL of eBook platform OR doi:xx.xxxxx/xxxx

*see note above


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 [Springer Link version] (pp. 29-42). doi:10.1007/978-1-60327-457-9_3

Solman, A., & Wilson, V. (2016). Person-centredness in nursing strategy and policy. In B. McCormack & T. McCance (Eds.), Person-centred practice in nursing and health care [Ebook Central version] (2nd ed., pp. 77-85). Retrieved from

How many authors? Remember, there are rules for how to set out a reference, depending on the number of authors


  • You only include an edition number if it is not the first edition. If you have a multivolume work, the volume number goes in the same brackets as the edition number: (3rd ed., Vol. 4, pp. 12-13).
  • 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.

How to reference a book chapter using APA 6th

How to reference a book chapter

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). Sydney, Australia:  Elsevier Australia.

In text: (Harding & Cashin, 2015).

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