What you need to include and the format of a book reference
Book referencing should include the following fields:
- Author(s) or Editor(s) of the work - see the author rules tab for details on how to manage multiple authors, etc.
- Year of publication.
- Place of Publication:
You may also include the following if required:
- Details of translators (given after the title in parenthesis with the abbreviation "trans." preceeding the translators name. Translators names are given as Initial(s). Surname.
- Original publication date - where the version you have used is reprint/republication of an edition - where this is the case the date publication for the edition you are using appears, with the original date following in square brackets.
(NB: the fields below in red are optional fields)
- For multiple authors separate the second and subsequent authors with a comma, with the exception of the penulitmate and final authors who are separated by an ampersand (&).
- In the case of edited books the term "ed" or "eds" appears after the names in parenthesis.
- Year is followed by a full-stop/period
- Where you need to add an original publication date, add it after the publication date of the source you used, in square brackets before the full-stop/period.
- Title is always italicised and followed by a full-stop/period.
- If the work has a translator add "trans. Initial(s). Surname" in parenthesis after the title, and before the full-stop/period.
- Place is followed with a colon;
- Publisher is followed by a full-stop/period.
Where a referenceis longer than a single line, the second and subsequent lines should use a hanging indentation.
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