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Harvard Referencing Style Guide: Books / e-Books

This guide shows students and staff how to reference using the Harvard Referencing style.

In this section...


  • No Authors
  • 1, 2 or More Authors
  • No Editors
  • 1, 2 or More Editors
  • Chapters in Books

Cases and Legislation

  • Cases
  • Acts of Parliament
  • Delegated Legislation
  • Bills

Company Information

  • Company Reports
  • Company Profiles

Conference Proceedings

  • Print
  • Online


  • Websites
  • Blogs
  • Web Images
  • Web Documents
  • Computer Software

Journal Articles

  • CMO Articles
  • Print
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Lecture Notes

Multimedia Formats

  • Audio-Visual Material

Newspaper Articles

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Patents & Standards


Basic format for citing a book or e-Book

Author(s) family name, initial(s). Year of publication. Title: Subtitle. Place of publication: Publisher. 

For books with multiple authors, edited books, E-books and chapters in books see Examples below.

Citing a book or e-Book: examples

Material Type

In-Text Example

Reference List Example

Book: Single Author (Holt, 1997: 3) or Holt (1997: 3) wrote that... Holt, D.H. 1997. Management principles and practices. Sydney: Prentice-Hall.
Book: 2 or 3 Authors (McCarthy, William & Pascale: 1997: 66) McCarthy, E.J., William, D.P. & Pascale, G.Q. 1997. Basic marketing. Sydney: Irwin.
Book: More Than 3 Authors (Bond et al., 1996: 17) Bond, W.R., Smith, J.T., Brown, K.L. & George, M. 1996. Management of small firms. Sydney: McGraw-Hill.
Book: No Author (A history of Greece, 1994: 40) A history of Greece. 1994. Sydney: Irwin.
Book: Editor (Jones, 1998: 66) Jones, M.D. (ed.) 1998. Management in Australia. London: Academic Press.
Book: 2 or More Editors (Bullinger & Warnecke, 1985: 16) Bullinger, H.J. & Warnecke, H.J. (eds). 1985. Toward the factory of the future.  Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
Book, edition other than first. (Drafke, 2009: 103) Drafke, M. 2009. The human side of organizations. 10th ed. New Jersey: Pearson/Prentice Hall.
Book: Translator & Author (trans. Smith, 2006: 54) Colorado, J.A. 2006. Economic theory in the Mexican context: recent developments on the ground. trans. K. Smith.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Book: Organisation as Author (Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 2001: 12) Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics. 2001. Aquaculture development in Australia: a review of key economic issues. Canberra: ABARE.
Book: Chapter or Article in Edited Book A number of disturbing facts intrude' (Milkman: 1998: 25) Milkman, R. 1998. 'The new American workplace:high road or low road?' in P. Thompson & C. Warhurst (eds). Workplaces of the future. London: Macmillan Press, 22-34.
E-book (Aghion & Durlauf, 2005: 93) Aghion, P. & Durlauf, S. (eds.) 2005. Handbook of economic growth. Amsterdam: Elsevier. Available from: Elsevier books. [4 November 2004].
E-book: Chapter or Article in an Edited E-book 'Historical thinking is actually a Western perspective' (White, 2002: 112) White, H. 2002. 'The westernization of world history' in J. Rusen (ed). Western historical thinking: an intercultural debate. New York: Berghahn Books, 111-119. Available from: ACLS Humanities E-Book. [14 May 2009].
Book: Different Works by Same Author in Same Year (Bond, 1991a: 25) (Bond, 1991b: 44)

Bond, G. 1991a. Business ethics. Sydney: McGraw-Hill.

Bond, G. 1991b. Corporate governance. London: Irwin.