How to Cite a Chapter in APA

StumpedThis issue came up in a dissertation I was editing today. If you are quoting a source that does not have page numbers but does have chapter numbers, you can cite the chapter number. Note that APA does not abbreviate or lowercase the word Chapter in the citation (see section 6.19 of the APA manual). Here is an example of how to cite a chapter:

“I am quoting this information from a source that has no page numbers but does have chapter numbers ” (Smith, 2013, Chapter 2).
Extrapolating from this, you could also cite a section number, like this:

(Smith, 2013, Section 5)

Note that if the sections have names instead of numbers, the word section would go after the section name:

“I am quoting this information from a source that has no page numbers or chapters; the source has sections, but the sections are unnumbered” (Smith, 2013, Method section, para. 3).

Citing the paragraph is important to help the reader locate the quoted material (especially in long sections, but still include the paragraph number even in short sections; see APA 6.05). Also note that in such citations, the word paragraph is abbreviated to p, similar to how the word page is abbreviated to page is abbreviated to p.

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Hi, my name is Rocky, and I am a technical academic editor with over a decade experience editing for professors and graduate students in prestigious universities. I have also taught writing at the graduate and undergraduate level and have several years' TEFL teaching experience.