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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. In such cases, reference the section as you would a chapter in an edited book (or authored book with individual chapter authors). 


Reference list entry

Smith, A. (2012). Foreword. In D. Gordon-Burns, A. Gunn, K. Purdue, & N. Surtees (Eds.), Te aoturoa tataki: Inclusive early childhood education: Perspectives on inclusion, social justice and equity from Aotearoa New Zealand. NZCER Press.

In-text citations

Smith (2012) suggests ... (p. vii).

... (Smith, 2012, p. vii).

Reference list entry

Baldock, H. (1999). Introduction. In P. Smith, & L. Callan, Our people, our century. Hodder Moa Beckett.

In-text citations

Baldock (1999) describes... (p. 12).

... (Baldock, 1999, p. 12).

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

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.
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