Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Referencing the chapter of an edited ebook

We're getting asked how to reference the chapter of an edited ebook - you know when the author of the chapter is different from the authors on the front cover. 

If you are using the British Standard Harvard 2010 style of referencing, then this entails combining the chapter in a book of collected writings by different authors template with the template for how to reference an ebook.  Here is what you need and in the order that they should follow with punctuation:

SURNAME, Initial(s)., (this will be the author of the chapter)
Year of chapter publication (if available).
Title of chapter.
In: Initial(s). SURNAME, of author(s)/editor(s) of the collected work
ed. (abbreviation for editor - use eds. if more than one)
Title of the collected work (in italics)
[online]. (note the full stop comes at the end of this identifying phrase and not the end of the book title)
Place of publication:
page number(s) of the chapter refered to.
viewed day month year [in square brackets].
Available from: followed by URL (note there is no full stop at the end of the URL)

Altogether it should look like this:

BANKS, M., 2010. Blog posts and tweets: the next frontier for grey literature. In: D. FARACE and J. SCHÖPFEL, eds. Grey literature in library and information studies [online]. Berlin: De Gruyter Saur, pp. 217-225. [viewed 17 March 2014]. Available from: http://site.ebrary.com/lib/qmuc/Doc?id=10424435


For our Psychology students using the APA style of referencing then it will look slightly different.  Following the guidence on page 222 of the Concise Rules of APA Style, here is what you need and in the order they should appear with the punctuation:

Author,. A. A.
Title of chapter or entry.
In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.),
Title of book (in italics)
(pp. xxx-xxx).
Retrieved from followed by the URL OR doi:xxxxxxxxxxxx

Altogether Banks' chapter should look like this:

Banks, M. (2010) Blog posts and tweets: The next frontier for grey
literature. In D. J. Farace, & J. Schöpfel (Eds.), Grey literature in library and information studies (pp. 217-225). Berlin: De Gruyter Saur. Retrieved from http://site.ebrary.com/lib/qmuc/Doc?id=10424435

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