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How to cite ebooks

This advice has been adapted from Anglia Ruskin's Guide to Harvard Referencing: please check with your supervisor.

For ebooks accessed through a password protected (eg Raven) database from the University Library the required elements for a reference are:

Author, Year, Title of book. [type of medium] Place of publication: Publisher. Followed by “Available through:” include e-book source/database, web address or URL [Accessed date].

Examples:

Finlayson-Pitts, Barbara J. and Pitts Jnr., James N., 2000. Chemistry of the upper and lower atmosphere : theory experiments and applications. [e-book] San Diego: Royal Society of Chemistry. Available through: Cambridge University Library <http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/> [Accessed 5 June 2005].

Whitebread, David and Coltman, Penny, 2008. Teaching and learning in the early years. London: Routledge. Available through MyiLibrary <http://lib.myilibrary.com/> [Accessed 26 August 2009].

For an ebook freely available over the internet the required elements for a reference are:

Authorship, Year, Title of book. [type of medium] Place of publication (if known): Publisher. Followed by “Available at:” include web address or URL for the e-book [Accessed date].

For a pdf version of a Government publication or similar which is freely available the required elements for a reference are:

Authorship, Year, Title of book. [type of medium] Place of publication: Publisher. Followed by “Available at:” include web address or URL for the actual pdf, where available [Accessed date].

Examples:

Department of Health, 2008. Health inequalities: progress and next steps. [pdf] London: Department of Health. Available at: <http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_085307> [Accessed 9 June 2008].

Bank of England, 2008. Inflation Report [pdf] Available at: <http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/publications/inflationreport/ir08nov.pdf> [Accessed 20 April 2009].

An intext reference for the above example would read: Recent evidence (Bank of England, 2008, pp.32-33) show the trends ...