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APA Style Guide: 7th Edition

Textbook Chapter with Book Editor(s) and Chapter Author(s)

Many of the textbooks in our collection have an editor or editors for the entire work and have separate authors for each chapter. You must cite and reference every chapter that you use in your paper separately, unless you are referring generally to the entire work.

Formatting Examples


Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year of publication). Title of chapter in sentence case: Capitalize the first word of the subtitle. In A. A. Editor (Ed.), Title of book in italics and sentence case: Capitalize first letter of subtitle (# ed., pp. first page of chapter-last page of chapter). Publisher.



Ryan, S. M. (2012). Canada's children: An overview. In E. McLeod (Ed.), Children in Canada (3rd ed., pp. 315-322). E & S Press.


  • Author, A. A. = Author's surname followed by first and middle initials, when available.
  • Start the reference with the author of the chapter.
  • Follow the title with the editor(s) first initial and last name and "Ed." for one editor or "Eds." for multiple.
  • Be sure to include the edition number and the page numbers of the chapter you are referencing.

Three examples of formatting an in-text citation for this item are outlined below:

Reference Information                                                

Ryan, S. M. (2012). Canada's children: An overview. In E. McLeod (Ed.), Children in Canada (3rd ed., pp. 315-322). E & S Press.

In-text Citation Guidelines



Chapter author's last name and year of publication placed in brackets at the end of a paraphrased sentence.

Note: If you are paraphrasing from a lengthy document, also include page, paragraph or heading info. 


Consider this a paraphrased sentence (Ryan, 2012).                        


Quote, beginning with chapter author's last name followed directly by year; page # at the end of the sentence in brackets.


According to Ryan (2012), "consider this a direct quote" (p. 320).

Remember, in-text citation formatting changes depending on a number of factors.

See Number of Authors, Publication Date, and Page/Paragraph Number or Heading for more information.