Answered By: Kathryn Devine
Last Updated: Nov 27, 2020     Views: 17270

In an edited book, individual authors each contribute a chapter. The final publication is overseen by the editor(s), and their name(s) will be on the front cover of the book. 

When you cite one of the chapters in an edited book in your text, you must cite the author(s) of that chapter, not the editor of the book. For the entry in your reference list, follow the guidance below, which you will also find in your Harvard guide. Make sure you include the page range of the chapter you are citing.  

If you use more than one chapter from the edited book, you will need to include a reference on your reference list for each chapter you have used. 

Most courses use Harvard style from Cite Them Right. A chapter in an edited book should be referenced using the following format:

Surname, Initial. (year) Chapter title’, in Surname, Initial. (ed.) Book title. Place of publication: publisher, page numbers.


For example:

Lillis, T.M. and Swann, J. (2003) ‘Giving feedback on student writing’, in Coffin, C. et al. (eds.) Teaching academic writing: a toolkit for higher education. London: Routledge, pp. 101-129.