Q. If I am referencing more than 1 chapter of a book, do I reference the whole book?

Answer

Yes, on the References page cite the whole book, regardless of quantity of information used from the book.

Visit the APA Help guide for examples.

The only exception is:

  • If using a book that is an edited compilation of different poems, essays, etc. written by different authors.
  • That is the only instance when you would be cite a chapter instead of the whole book.
  • If the book has chapters written by different authors (compilation), then cite the chapter(s) used.
  • If it isn't a compilation, then cite the whole book.

Example--Book: One author for the whole book

Waller, B. N. (2018). Consider ethics: Theory, readings, and contemporary issues (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Examples--Compilation book, citation of a specific chapter(s)

Loos, R. (2018). Hunting animals is morally acceptable. In A. Harnack (Ed.), Animal rights: Opposing viewpoints. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven.

Martin, G. (2018). The animal rights debate. In A. Harnack (Ed.), Animal rights: Opposing viewpoints. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven.

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