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Harvard Referencing Examples - Books


Type In-Text Citation Reference List
Book  single author

According to Trott (2017, p. 59) innovation has ….

Trott, P. (2017)  Innovation management and new product development. 6th edn. Harlow: Pearson Education.

Book – two to three authors

The duties of project managers have expanded from an operational to a more strategic  level (Larson and Gray, 2014, p. 26).

Larson, E. W. and Gray, C. F. (2014)  Project management :the managerial process.  6th edn. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Book – four or more authors

Slack et al. (2015, p.6) explains that large business have used operations and process management principles …

Slack, N., Brandon-Jones, A., Johnston, R. and  Betts, A. (2015) Operations and process management :principles and practice for strategic impact. 4th edn. Harlow: Pearson Education.

Book editor

...  global warming is a result of the release of greenhouse gases in developed countries (Lechner and Boli, 2012, p.4).

Lechner, F. J. and Boli, J. (eds.) (2012) The globalization reader. 4th edn. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

Book – chapter in an edited book

Hamad (2018, p.21) discusses the idea that ...

Hamad, F. (2018) ‘Approaches to information architecture’, in Urquhart, C. and Hamad, F. Tbaishat, D. and Yeoman, A . (eds.) Information systems :process and practice. London:  Facet Publishing , pp. 9-31.

Book – multiple works by same author (published in different years)

Laudon and Traver (2017, 2018) explain that...


Laudon, K. C. and Traver, C. G. (2017) E-commerce 2017 : business, technology, society. 13th edn. Harlow, Essex : Pearson Education.

Laudon, K. C. and Traver, C. G. (2018) E-commerce 2018 : business, technology, society. 14th edn. Harlow, Essex: Pearson Education.

Book – multiple works by same author (published in same year)

The view proposed by Godfrey (2013a, 2013b)...

Godfrey, J. (2013a) How to use your reading in your essays. 2th edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Godfrey, J. (2013b) The student phrase book :vocabulary for writing at university. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book – no identifiable author Debenture is defined as... (Dictionary of Business Terms, 2008, p. 40). Dictionary of Business Terms (2008) Wokingham: Kaplan Publishing.
eBook – from an eBook reader. (no page numbers) 1. According to Stiglitz (2013, loc. 1956) the..

2. Smith (2012, cha. 5, sec. 4, para. 9) stated…

3. Jones (2011, no pagination) warned that…
Stiglitz, J. (2013). The price of inequality. [Name of e-book reader] London: Penguin.



  1. Kindles allow users to see the location of text, use this as an identifier (loc.).
  2. For other formats use chapter (cha.), section (sec.) and paragraph (para.) where possible.
  3. If none exist use no pagination
eBook from (DBS eBook collection)

The principles of good accounting practice, as set out by Dyson (2017, p. 19) ...

Dyson, J.R. (2017) Accounting for non-accounting students. 9th edn. Harlow, Essex: Pearson Education. Dawsonera [Online]. Available at:   (Accessed: 16 November 2018).


Use the name of the city in which the publisher is located in your reference. If there is more than one city listed (e.g. New York, London, etc.) use the nearest geographical place or the location of the publisher’s head office.

If the town/city is not well known, you may add a county, region or state. For instance if the book was published in Harlow, you add the county Harlow is located in e.g. Essex. Note, in the USA states are denoted by a two letter code, e.g. NJ = New Jersey.

This and other bibliographic information, can be found on the back of the book's title page




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