APA Style, 6th Edition

HOW TO CITE A TEXTBOOK WITH EDITOR(S), AUTHOR(S), AND EDITION

Some textbooks, such as the Canadian Fundamentals of Nursing, have different authors for each chapter and multiple editors for the whole book. When using such textbooks in assignments, you must cite and reference each chapter you use following these directions/example:

Author A. A., & Author, B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter in sentence-case: Capitalize first word of sentence and subtitle only. In P. A. Potter, A. G. Perry, P. A. Stockert, A. M. Hall, J. C. Ross-Kerr, M. J. Wood, B. J. Astle, & W. Duggleby (Eds.), Canadian fundamentals of nursing (5th ed., pp. first page of chapter-last page of chapter). Toronto, Canada: Elsevier. 

Formatted example for chapter in the textbook

If your instructor tells you to cite and reference the whole book, follow these directions/example: 

Editor, A. A. & Editor, B., & Editor, C. (Eds.). (Year of publication). Title of work in sentence case and italics: Capitalize first word of subtitle (Number of edition). City, State or Country: Publishing Company.

Formatted example for whole textbook

There are two options for citing this source in-text:

1) Last names of authors, year of publication, and page number(s) are placed in brackets at the end of the sentence:

...(Ross-Kerr & Grypma, 2014, p. 35).

NOTE: If there are more than 3 authors, refer to the guidelines below for how to cite in-text.

2) Integrated into the sentence with a signal phrase and narrative:

According to research described by Ross-Kerr and Grypma (2014), "..." (p. 35).


APA rules for in-text citation change depending on the number/type of author(s). Count the authors and follow the rule below:

Work with ONE author
Work with TWO authors
Work with THREE to FIVE authors
Work with SIX or more authors
Work with a GROUP, ORGANIZATION or CORPORATE author
Work with NO author specified
INTERVIEW or PRESENTATION (Unpublished)
SECONDARY SOURCE (A source found inside a source)
Loading ...