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
- Page numbers of chapter
Points to look out for
Items covered in section 2.2 may apply, and the following:
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).
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'.
Note that the chapter page numbers are placed at the end of the reference, after the publisher information.
To cite a chapter from a book collection
A book collection consists of a collection of articles or chapters, each by different authors, but compiled by editor(s). If you want to cite a particular article/chapter, cite the author(s) of the chapter in the text:
(Curthoys 1997, p. 25)
List of references
When you use an article/ chapter from a book collection, the title of the article appears in quotations. The title of the book is italicised. For example:
Curthoys, A 1997, 'History and identity', in W Hudson & G Bolton (eds), Creating Australia: changing Australian history, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, pp. 23-38
Place the information in the following order:
- author's surname and initial
- year of publication
- name of article (between single quotation marks with minimal capitalisation)
- initial(s) and surname(s) of editor(s)
- (ed.) or (eds)
- name of collection (the name on the title page) in italics and minimal capitalisation
- place of publication
- page range
To cite an entire book collection
If you want to cite the entire book, refer to the editor(s) of the collection in the text:
(Hudson & Bolton 1997)
List of references
Hudson, W & Boltton, G (eds) 1997, Creating Australia: changing Australian history, Allen & Unwin, Sydney.