Probably the most simple of all bibliographic references, the book reference is one of the first you will learn in any referencing session and one you will use most often.

What should your reference include?

  • Author(s) of the book (Surname, Initials)
  • (Year of publication)
  • Title of book – in italics.
  • Place of publication: Publisher.

And how should it look?

If we were to reference the book shown here, it would look like this:

Arundale, K. (2007) Raising venture capital finance in Europe: A practical guide for business owners, entrepreneurs and investors. London: Kogan Page.

If your book has no author listed…

Simply use the title at the beginning of your reference like so:

  • Title of book – in italics.
  • (Year of publication)
  • Place of publication: Publisher.

And how should it look?

If we were to reference the book shown here, it would look like this:

HBR’S 10 must reads on managing across cultures (2016) Boston, MA: Harvard Business Review Press.

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