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LSBU Harvard Referencing: Book (print book)

Best Practice tips

Place of Publication

Use the first place listed on the copyright page.

For an American place of publication, add the state after the city e.g. Boston, Massachusetts.

BE CONSISTENT! If you use a variation in referencing such as ed. for editors or Boston, MA. for the place of publication, make sure you use the variation throughout.

Finding the year of publication in a book

If the year of publication is not clear look for the latest copyright date. This is next to the copyright sign © usually on the reverse of the title page. Do not use a reprint date.

Publisher name

If a book gives the name of the imprint - a department within a larger publishing company -
along with the main publishing house, give the imprint name in your reference.

Format of the reference

You will need:

  • Name of the author(s)
  • Year of publication
  • Title of the book
  • Edition of the book if it is later than the first
  • Place of publication
  • Publisher



Author’s surname, Initials. (Year of publication) Title of book. Edition if later than the first e.g. 2nd ed. Place of publication: Publisher.


Moore, S., Neville, C., Murphy, M. and Connolly, C. (2018) The ultimate study skills handbook. 4th ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

In-text citation: (Moore et al., 2018)

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How to reference a book

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