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How do I reference a chapter of an edited book/ebook in APA Style?

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Please see below for general examples of the formatting to reference an authored chapter in an edited book/ebook. For more information, please refer to pages 202-203 in the APA manual. See "How do I reference a book/ebook in APA style?" for information on how to cite an entire book.

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (year). Title of chapter or entry. In A. Editor, B. Editor, & C. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pp. xxx-xxx). Location: Publisher.

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (year). Title of chapter or entry. In A. Editor, B. Editor, & C. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pp. xxx-xxx). Retrieved from http://www.xxxxxx

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (year). Title of chapter or entry. In A. Editor, B. Editor, & C. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pp. xxx-xxx). doi:xxxxxxx OR

Book Chapter, Print Version

Maasing, X. (1982). Foreign affairs in Canada. In J. D. Sampson & M. M. Millstone (Eds.), International trade Canada (pp. 1009-1020). Boston, MA: Oxford University Press.

  • See page 204, e.g. #25 of the APA manual.
  • In-text citation: (Maasing, 1982, p. X)

Ebook Chapter

Rogers, K. (2009). Leadership giftedness: Is it innate or can it be developed?. In L. Shavinina (Ed.), International handbook on giftedness (pp. 633-645). Houten, Netherlands: Springer Netherlands. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4020-6162-2_31

  • If the book has a DOI assigned to it, please provide the DOI at the end of the reference. If the book's DOI is presented as a URL (e.g.,, provide the full URL in the reference without the "doi:" identifier. The URL should not be hyperlinked. For more information about DOIs, please see "What is a DOI and how is it used in APA style?".
  • The standard APA Style approach to referencing resources without DOIs from a subscription-based database is to provide the database’s home page URL after the “Retrieved from” (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 191). However, if you accessed a subscription-based database by going through the RRU Library’s website, rather than directly from that database’s home page, you had to log in to gain that access. The requirement to log in means providing the database’s home page URL isn’t a useful step for RRU students, and providing a direct URL to the resource via the Library's access isn’t useful to anyone outside the RRU community. Therefore, to simplify the process of creating references, students can provide either the home page URL for the database or name the database as shown above. This advice is based on the American Psychological Association's (2009) "DOI and URL Flowchart".
  • In-text citation: (Rogers, 2009, p. X)
  • See "How Do You Cite an E-book" and "How to Cite Part of a Work" from the APA Style Blog for more information on formatting citations and references to an ebook chapter.
    • Sample citation to an ebook without page numbers: (Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, & Switzler, 2012, Chapter 2, Dialogue)


American Psychological Association. (2009). DOI and URL flowchart. Retrieved from

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Lee, C. (2011, June 3). How do you cite an e-book (e.g., Kindle book). Retrieved from

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