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Vancouver Referencing Style @ UCT: Reference works

Vancouver Referencing Style is extensively used in the biomedical and health sciences.

Citing Reference works



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Bile acid is “a steroid acid of the bile, produced during the metabolism of cholesterol.”10(p.203)

10. Mosby’s medical dictionary. 9th ed. St Louis, Mo:
      Elsevier; 2013. Bile acid; p.203.


Online dictionary:


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Health care is defined as the “care for the general health of a person, community, etc., especially that provided by an organized health service.”11


NOTE: Online books do not normally provide page numbers, therefore you are not required to mention page numbers in your citation.

11. Oxford English dictionary [Internet]. 1989 [cited 2014,
      Sept 10]. Available from:






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“Chronic alcohol ingestion is often associated with folate deficiency.”12(p.89)


12. Author of the chapter. Title of the chapter. In: Editor.
      Title of the whole encyclopaedia. Place of publication:
      Publisher. Year. Volume(if available) pages of the chapter.


12. Scott JM, Weir DG. Megaloblastic anaemia. In: Sadler MJ,
      Strain JJ, Caballero B, editors. Encyclopedia of human
      nutrition. San Diego: Academic Press. 1999 vol.1 p.85-94.