APA Style, 6th Edition

HOW TO CITE A CHAPTER, STORY, OR POEM IN A PRINT OR E-BOOK WITH AUTHOR(S) AND EDITOR(S)

For print book:

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of chapter in sentence case. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book in sentence case and italics (first page-last page of chapter). City, State or Country: Publishing Company.

For e-book:

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of chapter in sentence case. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book in sentence case and italics (first page-last page of chapter). Retrieved from Name database.

Formatted example:

NOTE: For a chapter in an ebook, replace city, country and publisher with a retrieval statement of the library database OR the web address (URL), e.g.:

  • Retrieved from EBSCOHost eBook database.
  • Retrieved from https://books.google.ca/

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

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

...(Kaye, 2012, p. 39).

2) Last name of author, year of publication, and page number(s) integrated into the sentence with a signal phrase and narrative:

As stated by Kaye, definitions of addiction also include "the interference" that addictive behaviour "poses for normative social obligations, particularly in relation to work and the family" (2012, p. 39).


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INTERVIEW, PRESENTATION, or PERSONAL COMMUNICATION (Unpublished)
SECONDARY SOURCE (A source found inside a source)
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