2.6 Chapter in an edited book

With a reference for a chapter in a edited book, such as you would find in a collection of published essays, details of both the individual chapter and the book it is found in are given. This creates a more complicated reference structure. Inverted commas are used to help pick out the chapter name from the other elements in a reference for an edited book (the title and sub-title of the book are made to stand out in italics). The use of the word ‘in’ also signals to the reader which is the chapter and the host source.

What to include:

  • Chapter author’s surname and initials
  • Year of publication
  • Title of chapter
  • Book author or editor’s surname and initials
  • Title: sub-title
  • Edition (if it is not the first)
  • Place of publication
  • Publisher
  • Page numbers of chapter



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Points to look out for

Items covered in section 2.2 may apply, and the following:

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Not every department may enclose the chapter title in a full reference in inverted commas (check this against your departmental handbook if you need to do anything differently).

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The punctuation immediately after the chapter title can also vary between departments; specifically, a full-stop may be used in place of the comma. When there is a full-stop instead, the 'in' preceding the editor's name starts with a capital as 'In'.

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Note that the chapter page numbers are placed at the end of the reference, after the publisher information.