APA Style Guide - 7th: Essay/Book Chapter

A Work in Edited Book or Anthology in Print (Essay, Short Story, Poem, etc.)

This rule is most commonly used for books that have an editor and contain sections, such as essays, short stories or poems, by different authors.


Last Name, First Initial of Author of Section. (Year of Publication). Title of section. In First Initial Last Name of Editor (Ed.). Title of overall book (pp. pages of section). Name of Publisher. DOI or URL


Muñoz, M. (2019). Anyone can do it. In A. Doerr (Ed.), The best American short stories 2019 (pp.182-196). Mariner.

Specific Edited Book Example

Essay from Opposing Viewpoints Series Example

Inwood, J. F. J., & Alderman, D. H. (2020). Closing polling places is the 21st century's version of a poll tax. In Gale Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection. Gale. https://link.gale.com/apps/doc/MBIEBF852337318/OVIC?u=las55353&sid=OVIC&xid=992d6919

No Author and Referring to the Whole Edited Book (no specific article or chapter used)


Title of book. (Year of publication). Word being defined. In Work. Retrieved date, from URL


Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Self-report. In Merriam-Webster.com dictionary. Retrieved July 12, 2019 from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-report