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How to cite books in Harvard UoB format

Books and edited books There are two different types of book that you may want to reference in your assignment. A 'book' (also referred to by academics as a monograph) refers to a title where all of the chapters are written by the same author (or authors).

'Edited book' refers to a book with an editor (or editors) where the chapters are written by different authors. See below for guidance on how to reference a chapter in an edited book.  

Ebooks are referenced in the same way as print books. There is no requirement to provide an online location.

Books with one author

In text citation:

Citing a direct quote

Morris (2010, p.69) asserts that "black waterproof Indian ink is the first choice of most illustrators".

Paraphrasing

Morris (2010) emphasizes the importance of using a sketchbook in order to develop as an illustrator.

Reference list:
The elements which should be included in your bibliography/reference lists are:

(i) author (surname, initials)

(ii) year (in round brackets)

(iii) title (in italics)

(iv) edition of book (not needed for first edition)

(v) place of publication: publisher

Example:

Morris, B. (2010) Fashion illustrator. 2nd edn. London: Laurence King.

Books with two or three authors

Same as above but include the all the author names in the in text citation and reference list.

Books with more than three authors

In text citation

Where an item has more than three authors the abbreviation "et al." can be used in the in-text citation and the reference list.

Citing a direct quote

"Models are representations of real objects or situations and can be presented in various forms" (Anderson et al., 2009, p.7).

Paraphrasing

Anderson et al. (2009) argue that profit is a crucial factor in business decision making.

Reference list:

The elements which should be included in your bibliography/reference lists are:

(i) author (surname, initials) Use the first named author in the list.

(ii) year (in round brackets)

(iii) title (in italics)

(iv) edition of book (not needed for first edition)

(v) place of publication: publisher.

Example:

Anderson, D. et al. (2009) An introduction to management science: quantitative approaches to decision making. London: Cengage Learning.

Referencing
This guide uses the UoB-Harvard system. Always consult your unit handbook or tutor to make sure you are using the correct system for the unit. Some subjects use other systems.
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