How do I reference chapters of edited books?

Example - chapter has one author, book has one editor

(Please note the same styles can also be used to reference one chapter in a book with an author.  In this case the author of the chapter and the author of the book will be the same.)

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Example, including punctuation

Author(s) of the chapter

Roediger, H. L.

Year of publication


Title of the chapter (NOT in italics)

Teaching, Research and More: Psychologists in an Academic Career.



Editor(s) of the book, with initials before surname

R. J. Sternberg (Ed.),

Title of the book (italics)

Career Paths in Psychology: Where Your Degree Can Take You.

Edition (if not the first edition)

(2nd ed.)

Page reference of the chapter

(pp. 9-33).

City of publication, with country or U. S. state

Washington, DC:


American Psychological Association.


The citation in your text will be

(Roediger, 2007)

or, if you have quoted directly,

(Roediger, 2007, p. 14)

If you have used the name of the author of the chapter in your sentence then only the year of publication is placed after it in brackets, e.g.

Roediger (2007) suggests that an academic career in psychology can be a very satisfying journey...

or, if you have quoted directly,

Roediger (2007 p. 14) suggests that ...

Reference list:

Roediger, H. L. (2007). Teaching, research and more: Psychologists in an academic career. In R. J. Sternberg (Ed.), Career Paths in Psychology: Where Your Degree Can Take You (2nd ed, pp. 9-33). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Associated examples

Chapter has 1 author, book has 2 editors, first edition

Baker, S. (2012). Applying health psychology to dentistry: “People, not teeth”. In M. Forshaw & D. Sheffield (Eds.), Health Psychology in Action (pp.1-16). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

(Baker, 2012) or Baker (2012)….

Chapter has 2 authors and editors who are the same, and not first edition

Lindsay, S. J. & Powell, G. E. (2007). An introduction to treatment. In S. J. Lindsay & G. E. Powell (Eds.), The Handbook of Clinical Adult Psychology (2nd ed., pp.22-38). London, UK: Routledge.

…(Lindsay & Powell, 2007) or Lindsay and Powell (2007)….

Chapter has 3 authors, book has 3 editors

Vonk, J., McGuire, L. & Johnson-Ulrich, Z. (2015). The evolution of social cognition. In V. Ziegler-Hill, L. M. Welling & T. K. Shakelford (Eds.), Evolutionary Perspectives on Social Psychology (pp.81-96). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

First citation in text: (Vonk, McGuire & Johnson-Ulrich, 2015) and subsequent citations: (Vonk et al., 2015).