Answered By: Katie Hutchison
Last Updated: Aug 08, 2016     Views: 291

Books with One Author
Use the title page, not the book cover, for the reference details. Only include the edition where it is not the first. A book with no edition statement is most commonly a first edition.

The required elements for a book reference are:

Author, Initials., Year. Title of book. Edition. (only include this if not the first edition) Place of publication (this must be a town or city, not a country): Publisher.

Example for a 1st edition
Baron, D. P., 2008. Business and the organisation. Chester: Pearson.

Example of a 3rd edition
Redman, P., 2006. Good essay writing: a social sciences guide. 3rd ed. London: Open University in assoc. with Sage.

An intext reference for the above examples would read:
Organisations have been found to differ (Baron, 2008) when there is …
Leading social scientists such as Redman (2006) have noted …

 
Books with two, three, or four authors
For books with two, three or four authors of equal status the names should all be included in the order they appear in the document. Use an and to link the last two multiple authors.

The required elements for a reference are:
Author, Initials., Year. Title of book. Edition (only include this if not the first edition). Place: Publisher.

Examples
Weiss, T.D. and Coatie, J.J., 2010. The World Health Organisation, its history and impact. London: Perseus.
Barker, R., Kirk, J. and Munday, R.J., 1988. Narrative analysis. 3rd ed. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

An intext reference for the above examples would read:
Leading organisations concerned with health ( Weiss and Coatie, 2010 ) have proved that…………
A new theory (Barker, Kirk and Munday, 1988) has challenged traditional thinking …
 

Books with More than Four Authors
For books where there are more than four authors, use the first author only followed by et al.

The required elements for a reference are:
First author, Initials. followed by et al., Year. Title of book. Edition (only include this if not the first edition). Place: Publisher.

Example
Grace, B. et al., 1988. A history of the world. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Comments (1)

  1. Thanks for the info...
    by ikaro on Dec 14, 2012.

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