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Health Sciences Undergraduate Library Guide: Creating a reference for a book

Components of a book reference

  • Surname followed by initial(s) comes first
  • List up to three authors. If more than three authors, record the first author followed by 'et al.'
  • Then the date of publication
  • Title of book follows in italics. Only first word of title is capitalized
  • Indicate the edition if not the 1st edition
  • Finally record the place of publication and the publisher

Examples of  book references for a List of References:

Kornblau, B.L. 2012. Ethics in rehabilitation: a clinical

     perspective. New York: Wiley.

     

Polit, D.F. & Beck, C.T. 2012. Nursing research:

    generating and assessing evidence for nursing

    practice.  9th ed. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer

    Health.

Online Book

In List of References

Brenner, G.M. & Stevens, C.W. 2013. Pharmacology. 4th ed.

    Philadelphia, PA : Elsevier/Saunders.

    Available: www.clinicalkey.com [2014, May 6].                              (You must give url and date accessed)

In-text

(Brenner & Stevens, 2013:50)

 

Thesis

De la Rey, C.M. 1999. Career narratives of women professors in South Africa.

      Ph.D. Thesis. Universityof Cape Town.

     (Title not in italics as thesis is unpublished)

Corporate or group author

Book produced by a group, corporation or organization will appear as follows:

In List of References

Soweto Trust for Nurse Clinical Training. 2005.

     Primary clinical care handbook. 4th ed.

     Houghton, South Africa: Jacana.

In-text Citation

(Soweto Trust for Nurse Clinical Training, 2005:4)

No author?

Where there is no author (e.g. Dictionaries) item will be listed under title.

In List of References

“Radiation”.  Concise medical dictionary. 2010. 8th ed.
    Oxford: Oxford University Press.

In-text Citation

(“Radiation”, 2010:25)