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Referencing books

These examples are taken from the British Standard BS ISO 690:2010 which provides a standard form of referencing. However your school or department may have requirements that differ slightly from this standard. Please check with your school or department for guidelines.

Referencing print books

References to books should include the following:

  • The author(s), or editor(s) - by surname and initial(s), in CAPITALS
  • The title (in italics or bold)
  • The edition other than the first (if applicable)
  • The publisher's name
  • Year of publication
  • Edited publications

Publications with an editor

Use the abbreviation 'ed' to indicate an editor, ('ed' is also used for 'edition') e.g.

DRAKE, G., ed. Springer handbook of atomic, molecular and optical physics. 2nd ed. New York: Springer, 2006.

Publications with no author

If the work does not appear to have an author use 'Anon', e.g.

ANON. Handbook of physics. London: Wiley, 2005.

Publications with multiple authors

If there are 2 or 3 authors, list each one, in the order they appear on the title page of the publication.

If there are 4 or more authors, give all names if possible. If any are omitted, use 'et. al.' or 'and others' to indicate there is more than one author.

Subsequent authors may be listed with their first name or initial(s) first followed by surname e.g.

SMITH, J. E., P. TESKE and M. MARSCHALL

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Referencing chapters in books

References to chapters in books should include the following:

  • The author(s) of the chapter - by surname and initial(s), in CAPITALS
  • The title of the chapter
  • The author(s) or editor(s) of the book - by initial(s) and surname, in CAPITALS
  • The title of the book (in italics or bold)
  • The edition other than the first (if applicable)
  • The place of publication
  • The publisher's name
  • Year of publication
  • The page numbers of the chapter

 

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Referencing eBooks

When referencing electronic sources, students should include the URL of the webpage to allow others to trace the site easily.

It is also important to specify that the reference is an online source and to identify the date on which you accessed the site.

If the eBook also has a print equivalent, you can simply follow the guidelines for referencing the print book.  If the eBook is only available online, follow the guidelines below:

References to electronic books should include:

  • The author(s), or editor(s) - by surname and initial(s) in CAPITALS
  • The year of publication
  • The book title (in italics)
  • The edition other than the first (if applicable)
  • [online]
  • The place of publication
  • The publisher
  • The URL
  • The date you viewed the ebook
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