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APA Anthology Citation Examples

An anthology is a collection of works assembled into one format. For example, essays published by different authors centered around a theme are often published in a single book. Poetry is often published in an anthology. Although citing anthologies in APA 7 style may seem confusing at first, it’s actually very easy as you’ll follow the basic format of citing a chapter in an edited book.

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One Work in a Collection

Using writings from anthologies is a good way to find related sources for your research paper. The way you cite a resource varies slightly depending on whether it is in print or on a website.

Print Format

The format for citing a print resource in your APA reference list, as would be the case when citing a chapter or entry in an anthology, is as follows:

Author, A.A., & Author, B.B. (Year). Title of chapter or entry. In A. Editor, B. Editor, & C. Editor (Eds.). Title of book (pp. xxx-xxx). Publisher.

The corresponding in-text citation is very simple:

(Author & Author, Year)

Print Example – Reference List

Nieto, S. (2004). Racism, discrimination and the expectations of the students’ achievement. In A. S. Canestrari, & B. A. Marlowe (Eds), Educational foundations: An anthology of critical readings (pp. 44-63). Sage.

Print Example – In-Text Citation

(Nieto, 2004)

Website Format

The format for creating an APA citation of an online resource adds the URL at the end without a period:

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year). Title of chapter or entry. In A. Editor, B. Editor, & C. Editor (Eds.). Title of book (pp. xxx-xxx). http://www.xxxxxx

Website Example – Reference List

Outlaw, L. (1990). Toward a critical theory of “race.” In Goldberg, D. T. (Ed). Anatomy of Racism. (pp. 80-100).  https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/anatomy-of-racism

Website Example – In-Text Citation

(Outlaw, 1990)

Whole Anthology Citation

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If you are citing the anthology as a whole, follow this APA citation format:

Author, A. & Author, B. (Eds.). (Year). Title of anthology: Subtitle of anthology. Publisher.

Example 1 – Whole Anthology Reference List

Joshi, S. T. (Ed.). (1999). Documents of American prejudice: An anthology of writings on race from Thomas Jefferson to David Duke. Basic Books.

Example 1 – In-Text Citation

(Joshi, 1999)

Example 2 – Whole Anthology Reference List

Canestrari, A. S., & Marlowe, B. A. (Eds.). (2004). Educational foundations: An anthology of critical readings. Sage.

Example 3 – Online Anthology

Brode, D., & Deyneka, L. (Eds.). (2012). Sex, Politics, and Religion in Star Wars: An Anthology. Google Books. https://books.google.com/books?id=fHgKDWAZ0SIC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

Multi-Volume Citation

The basic volume for a multi-volume citation is as follows:

Editor, A. & Editor, C. (Eds.). (year-year). Title of book: Subtitle of book. (Vols x-x). Publisher.

Example Reference List – Multi-Volume Citation

Kolachhowski, L. & Kyriakou, C. (Eds.). (2013 – 2017). Something on our minds: Anthology of multiple sclerosis writings (Vols 1-4). CreateSpace.

Example – In-Text Citation

(Kolachhowski & Kyriakou, 2013 – 2017)

  • Place the name of the editor(s) in place of the author element.
  • Include source elements for both the essay title and the anthology title.


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