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APA (6th Edition) Referencing Guide

Referencing Guide based on the 6th Edition of APA style

Custom textbooks

Custom textbooks are compilations of journal articles, book chapters, and other material selected by your lecturer. They may have some original material created by the compiler (e.g. your lecturer) specifically for the textbook. They differ from a book of readings in that they are often professionally published.

If the details for the original source are not available, and you only have the details (e.g., page numbers, etc) for the custom textbook, then treat each reading as a chapter of an edited book. Any material that was created specifically for the custom textbook should also be treated as a chapter of a book.

If you are able to access the original source with the full publication and pagination (page numbering) details, you are advised to reference that rather than use this section.

For a reading as a chapter of a custom textbook:

Author of Reading, A. A. (year). Title of reading. In A. Compiler & B. Compiler (Comps.), Title of custom textbook [Custom textbook] (page numbers of reading). City, US State or Country: Publisher.

Dwyer, J. (2014a). Interpersonal communication. In C. Ware & T. Harrison-Hill (Comps.), Contemporary business communications: BU1105 [Custom textbook] (pp. 55-91). Frenchs Forest, Australia: Pearson.

Dwyer, J. (2014b). Team and work group communication. In C. Ware & T. Harrison-Hill (Comps.), Contemporary business communications, BU1105 [Custom textbook] (pp. 93-123). Frenchs Forest, Australia: Pearson. 

Note: A normal chapter of an edited book would list the book's editors, but for a custom textbook you note the compiler. If you have difficulty determining who is your author and who is your compiler, contact your librarians

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