The question is in the context of a paper and a thesis in the area of computational science, computer science and chemistry. I manage my references with Mendeley, and import them into a LaTeX file using Bibtex.

In the introduction, I cite a book about the general approach used in that research project. Later on, in a section about methods and computer implementation, I'd like to refer to a specific chapter in that book from where some algorithms were taken.

What's the correct way to cite that book in general and then the chapter in particular?

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    I don't think this is necessarily off topic here, but you might want to check out also Academia if you haven't already.
    – user
    May 20 '18 at 11:19
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    Can you let us know what style guide you are using for references e.g. APA? May 21 '18 at 11:26
  • If it's in the text body I'd prefer page numbers. If it's in the reference list it completely depends on the style. Did you ask your supervisor?
    – Boondoggle
    May 21 '18 at 18:13
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You don't mention the format (APA, MLA, Harvard etc.) required so I'm going to chose APA for you.

Here's how I approached the question:

  • Opened google.com
  • Searched for 'Mendeley'
  • Typed 'citations' in the search box for Mendeley (top search result)
  • In the new search results, clicked on 'How to Cite Sources in APA Citation Format - Mendeley' (third result, but there are also options for MLA and Harvard)
  • Searched within the page for 'chapter'
  • Found the following (second result):

How to Cite a Chapter in an Edited Book in APA Format

Edited books are collations of chapters written by different authors. To reference a single chapter, a different format is needed. The basic structure is as follows:

Edited book chapter example:

In the following example, B.N. Troy is the author of the chapter and S.T. Williams is the editor.

Troy, B.N. (2015). APA citation rules. In S.T, Williams (Ed.). A guide to citation rules (2nd ed., pp. 50-95). New York, NY: Publishers.

If your book has one author rather than an editor then simply omit 'S.T, Williams (Ed.).'.

This isn't really my answer per se, but I hope you benefit by it.

Source: https://www.mendeley.com/guides/apa-citation-guide


Here's a specific reference to the style used by the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook (3.3.3):

If the work is divided into stable numbered sections like chapters, the numbers of those sections may be cited, with a label identifying the type of part that is numbered.

According to Hazel Rowley, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt began their honeymoon with a week's stay at Hyde Park (ch. 2).

Part numbers in any source should be cited only if they are explicit (visible in the document) and fixed (the same for all users of the document). Do not count unnumbered parts manually. A source without page numbers or any other form of explicit, fixed part number must be cited as a whole; include in the text or in a parenthesis enough information for the reader to find the corresponding entry in the words-cited list—usually the author's last name.

This is an in-text reference to a chapter in a book that's in a works-cited list. As far as I can tell, works-cited entries do not, themselves, include references to chapters.

As for the format of the entry for the book itself in the works-cited list, it would, in general, look like this:

Rowley, Hazel. Some Book Title. Some publisher, date.

The question cannot be answered more specifically without more information. (The style to use, additional relevant information about the specific book, and so on.)

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