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Should you cite the book as a whole or just the chapter? In-text citations require you to provide the author’s name alongside the year of publication for the edited volume as a whole.
This applies whether you’re citing an edited collection by a single author (like a poetry anthology) or a volume containing work by multiple authors (in which case it’s the author of the section/essay/chapter you should name): There are three different conventions to cover when it comes to the reference list.
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Even if you know the basics of APA referencing, citing an edited book can be tricky. Tempting though that last option might seem, it won’t be necessary by the time you’ve reached the end of this blog post, in which we explain exactly how to cite an edited book.
For a well-known reference book with unsigned alphabetical entries, give only the edition number and year of publication.
When articles are arranged alphabetically in an encyclopedia, omit page numbers.
List the author, date of publication of the edited book, and the title of the work first.
Follow this with the names of the editors of the book (not inverted), the title of the book, and the page numbers (preceded by "pp.") of the chapter in parentheses.