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Referencing: Book

Print books

  1. AUTHOR(S)/EDITOR(S) SURNAME, Initial(s).,  
  2. (use ‘ed.’ If the book has one editor or ‘eds.’ If more than one editor)
  3. Year.
  4. Title (and if there is one, subtitle) of the book.
  5. edition (If not the first, and abbreviated to ed., for example 2nd ed.) 
  6. Place of publication (town or city): 
  7. Name of publisher. 
  8. Series title and number. (if part of a series)

Editions and editors: 

  • Use the abbreviation ‘ed.’ for both edition and editor; use ‘eds.’ for more than one editor
  • Only give details of the edition if it is later than the first
  • Make sure edition detail matches copy you have read
  • A reprint is not a new edition

Edited book

MÜLLER, N. and BALL, M., eds. 2013. Research methods in clinical linguistics and phonetics: a practical guide. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Edition later than the first

DRAKE, R., 2020. Gray's anatomy for students. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier. 

Book reference examples


ADEBAJO, A. and DUNKLEY, L., eds. 2018. ABC of Rheumatology. 5th ed. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell.

BREEZE, M., 2015. Seriousness and Women's Roller Derby: Gender, Organization and Ambivalence [online]. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan [viewed 11 June 2018]. Available from:

CHABNER, D.-E., 2016. The language of medicine. 11th ed. St. Louis: Saunders.

HUTCHINSON, K., 2018. Leadership and Small Business: The Power of Stories [online]. Cham: Springer International Publishing [viewed 11 June 2018]. Available from:

ISENBERG, N. W., 2018. We'll always have Casablanca: The life, legend, and afterlife of Hollywood's most beloved movie. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.

KHAN, K. S., KUNZ, R., KLEIJNEN, J. and COOMARASAMY, A., 2011. Systematic reviews to support evidence-based medicine: How to review and apply findings of healthcare research. 2nd ed. London: Royal Society of Medicine Press.

MUMFORD, A. and HONEY, P., 1982. The manual of learning styles. 2nd ed. Maidenhead: Peter Honey Publications.

MUMFORD, A. and HONEY, P., 2000. The learning styles helper’s guide. Maidenhead: Peter Honey Publications.

NAPIER, J. and LEESON, L., 2016. Sign Language in Action [online]. London: Palgrave Macmillan [viewed 11 June 2018]. Available from:

PATTERSON, D. and AFTEL, M., 2018. The Art of Flavour: Practices and Principles for Creating Delicious Food. London: Robinson.