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Reference guide for APA 7th edition

Reference guide for APA 7th edition intended for students at the department of Biology and CEC, Lund University. NB! If you access the guide using a smartphone, the text will open below the menu.

Chapters in edited books

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The instructions on this page concern references to chapters in edited books. The chapters of an edited book are written by different authors and each chapter is therefore treated as a separate work. Hence, the chapter is generally the entity referred to both in the in-text reference and in the reference list.

If a DOI has been assigned to the book, include this number in the reference. If no DOI has been assigned and the book was accessed online from a nondatabase website, use the URL of the webpage from which it was retrieved. If the book was accessed in print or retrieved from an academic database, no URL is included.

Do not forget to consult the general instructions on how to write references according to APA (7th edition), including 

Template for how to format references to chapters in edited books in the reference list

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (YYYY). Title of chapter. In C. C. Editor & D. D. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (#th ed., Vol. #, pp. page number-page number). Publisher. DOI or URL

Examples of in-text references to chapters in edited books

Parenthetical citation Narrative citation
(Von Bertalanffy, 1960) According to the theory of Von Bertalanffy (1960)...
(Koricheva & Gurevitch, 2013)  Koricheva and Gurevitch (2013) states that...
(Lindquist et al., 2009) ..as described in Lindquist et al. (2009).

Examples of references to chapters in edited books in the reference list

Koricheva, J., & Gurevitch, J. (2013). Place of meta-analysis among other methods of research synthesis. In K. Mengersen, J. Gurevitch & J. Koricheva (Eds.), Handbook of meta-analysis in ecology and evolution (pp. 3-13). Princeton University Press. 

Lindquist, E. E., Krantz, G. W., & Walter, D. E. (2009). Order Mesostigmata. In G. W. Krantz & D. E. Walter (Eds.), A manual of acarology (3rd ed., pp. 124-232). Texas Tech University Press.

Von Bertalanffy, L. (1960). Principles and theory of growth. In W. W. Norwinski (Ed.), Fundamental aspects of normal and malignant growth (pp. 137- 259). Elsevier.