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APA Quick Guide: 6th Edition: Article in a Book

Model Citation for an Article in a Book

Works Cited Entry, Basic Form

Author Name, Reversed. (Date). Title of article. In Editor of book (Ed.), Title of book (pp. Pagination). Location: Publisher.

  • Provide the author's name in reversed order using only initials of given names (Surname, Initials of Given Names).  Editors' names are given in direct order and with only initials for given names.
  • Use the prescribed punctuation between each element of the citation.
  • Title of the article is not in double quotes.  Title of the book is in italics.
  • Include pagination of the entire article (not just the page you are quoting or referring to).
  • Use hanging indent (all lines after the first indented).

Article in a Book


Dewey, J. (2006). Common sense and scientific inquiry. In S. Haack (Ed.), Pragmatism old & new: selected writings (pp. 443-463). Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.



Article in a Reference Book


Meyers, A. W., & Steenbergh, T. A. (2010). Gambling addiction. In I. B. Weiner & W. E. Craighead (Eds.), The Corsini encyclopedia of psychology (Vol. 2, pp. 693-695). New York: Wiley, Inc.


Article in an Online Reference Book


Orbuch, T. L., & Sprecher, S. (2006). Attraction and interpersonal relationships. In J. Delamater (Ed.), Handbook of social psychology (pp. 339-362). New York: Springer.  Retrieved from

More Information

For more details on citing articles in books, see Publication manual, 7.02, examples 24-30, pp. 204-205.

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