I am using a couple edited books in a paper I am writing. From each one, I need to cite 2-3 chapters.

MLA offers a way to "cross-reference" within a reference list when citing multiple chapters from the same anthology (see https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/06/ about halfway down the page).

However, my paper is in APA format. Is there any such way to do this in APA references, or do I need the full citation for each chapter I am citing?


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In APA, if the whole book has been written by the same author(s), you always cite the whole book and give the page of the reference, thus:

Reference list:
Author, A. A. (1967). Title of Work. Location: Publisher.

In text:
... (Author, 1967, p. xxx) ...

If you cite a text in an anthology or a chapter in a textbook where every chapter has been written by a different author, you cite it like this:

Reference list:
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (1958). Title of text. In A. Editor & B. Editor (eds.), Title of Book (pp. xxx-xxx). Location: Publisher.

In text:
... (Author & Author, 1958, p. xxx) ...

In APA you need to create a citation for every individual text. There is no "cross-referencing" of the kind allowed by MLA. You can cite the whole anthology, if the individual texts all endorse a common viewpoint and you are refering to this (e.g. a collection of texts about a new theory or methodology).

Refer to the APA Manual for more information. You find it in every university or large public library.

  • On the phrasing "chapters from an anthology," my mistake; I was mixing phrasing from the Purdue OWL MLA section, which refers to an "A Work in an Anthology, Reference, or Collection," which "may include an essay in an edited collection or anthology, or a chapter of a book," (see same link cited above) and the APA section, which denotes this as "Article or Chapter in an Edited Book" (see link) (emphases mine). That is what I mean. Regarding what I mean by "cross-referencing," did you read the original link? Thanks.
    – vpn
    Jun 28, 2016 at 20:48

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