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Nontraditional Sources: Chapter of a Book

Last updated 6/13/2016


Visual: The words “Walden University Writing Center” and the Walden University Writing Center logo on a blank page of a notebook with a pencil. The slogan “Your writing, grammar, and APA experts” appears. The screen shifts to present the words “Non-traditional Sources” with the title “Chapter of a Book” underneath.

Audio: Music plays.


Visual: Slide changes to one titled “Citing a Chapter of a Book.” Body text reads: Wentworth, L. (2010). Practical matters. In B.L. Hewett (Ed.), The online writing conference: A guide for teachers and tutors (pp.14-36). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Audio: So perhaps you might be reading a book, and the book might have chapters that are written by multiple different authors, so perhaps it's a compilation of multiple authors and someone just put together all those authors’ little sections into a book. So what you're going want to do is cite the specific chapter and the specific author of that chapter. So in this case it's Wentworth, L., 2010. The title of the chapter is "Practical matters." And then we're going to write in the first initials and the last name of the editor. So this editor, Hewett, is the person that sort of put together the book, but the author of the actual chapter that we're citing here is Wentworth. So it would be “in B.L., Hewett,” and then in parentheses capital Ed. here for editor, a lower case “ed” is for edition if you’re talking about a book and that’s not what we want here, we want editor and then notice the comma and then the title of the book itself. So the first one is the title of the chapter, "Practical matters." The second one in italics is the title of the book, the full book, The Online Writing Conference. And then, because it's a chapter in a book, you're going to use the page number, the page spread of this particular chapter. So Wentworth's article or chapter in this book only goes from pages 14 to 36 and so that's put into the reference list. Again, this helps me as a reader. If I am looking at this, and I want to replicate this author's research and I go to the -- I see Wentworth 2010 in the in-text citation, I go to this reference and I think, okay,  where will I find this information. Well, I can look up the book title, The Online Writing Conference, and then once I get that book, I can look immediately for pages 14 to 36 and the title “Practical matters” of that chapter, and I'll know where that information came from.


Visual: Text box appears below reference entry. Reads: (Wentworth, 2010).

Audio: So in this case, the in-text citation is simply, (Wentworth, 2010) . Again notice, it is the author's name, not the editor's name that goes in the in-text citation because that’s what comes first in the reference list. That’s really where we’re going to be looking. This is the in-text citation is meant to point you or me as a reader to that references list.


Visual: Slide changes to notebook with Walden logo from introduction. Text reads: “Walden University Writing Center. Questions? E-mail”