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APA 7th Edition Referencing Guide1

A Wintec Library guide to referencing in APA 7th edition style

Where do I find a chapter author's name in an edited work?

Chapter authors are typically listed at the beginning of each chapter they authored. However, their names may appear on the book's contents page, or on a separate list of contributors with details of the chapters they authored. Unfortunately, not every book is laid out the same, so you may have to look carefully to find the information you need. 

How do I cite an introduction, preface, foreword, or afterword?

These sections of books are occasionally written by an author who is not one of the main contributors to the work. The author of the introduction etc. will not be included in your in-text citation, but should be mentioned by name within the paragraph of your assignment.

The author of the introduction etc. will also only be included in the reference entry when they are credited on the front cover.

Refer to the examples below to see which is appropriate for your source.

Note: If the section was written by the same person who wrote the rest of the book, simply reference the book as normal.


Author of introduction, foreword, preface, or afterword not credited on the front cover

Reference list entry

Mead, H. M. (2003). Tikanga Maori: Living by Māori values. Huia. 

In-text citations

In his foreword, E. Taihakurei Durie describes Mead's book as being "fundamentally about the future" (Mead, 2003, p. x).


Author of introduction, foreword, preface, or afterword credited on the front cover

Reference list entry

Smallwood, R. F. (with Blair, B. T.). (2012). Safeguarding critical e-documents: Implementing a program for securing confidential information assets. Wiley.

In-text citations

In his foreword, Barclay T. Blair describes the general corporate attitude towards information management as being casual and lackadaisical (Smallwood, 2012).

Do I need to write the full name of the publisher?

When writing the names of publishers in reference list entries, you can omit words like Publishers/Publishing, Company/Co., Inc, but keep the words Books or Press. For example, Thames & Hudson Inc. becomes simply Thames & Hudson.

What is a DOI?

A Digital Object Identifier, or DOI, is a unique code/series of numbers used to identify an electronic resource and provide a reliable link to its location online. A DOI looks similar to a URL but unlike URLs, which can change or stop working entirely, a DOI is a permanent link to a particular resource.

DOI presentation

DOIs should only be presented as follows:

Other DOI forms ( or DOI: 123.456.789) should be edited to conform to the above presentation.

If a resource is accompanied by a DOI, you should always include the DOI when referencing.

How do I reference an edited book?

Most of the time you will need to reference a chapter in an edited book. See here for how to do that.

However, there may be the rare occasion where you need to reference a book that is edited, but does not have chapters written by other authors.


Reference list entry

Daly, J., Speedy, S., & Jackson, D. (Eds.). (2006). Contexts of nursing (2nd ed.). Elsevier.

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