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Harvard UON Referencing Style:  Book chapters

UON Library guide to the Australian Harvard Style based on the online Style Manual: the standard for Australian Government writing and editing 2020.

Book Chapters - General Rules


The following information is for reference list entries. See also:

Author Names

  • Appear first in the reference. Use the author's surname followed by initials, eg Smith DL. 
  • Include all author names in the reference list entry.  
  • In-text citations list all authors when a chapter has 1 or 2 authors; list only the first author followed by et al. for 3 or more authors.

Chapter Titles

  • Enclose the chapter title in single quotation marks.
  • Capitalise the chapter titles in sentence case. 

Editor Names

  • Use the editor's surname followed by initials in the reference list.
  • List all editors in the reference list.

Book Titles

  • Capitalise the book title and sub-title in sentence case.
  • Book titles appear in italics.


  • The edition other than the first is cited and placed after the book title. The standard first edition is not cited. 
  • Terms of edition are abbreviated, e.g. 2nd ed. (Second Edition), or  rev. ed. (Revised Edition).
  • Remove any superscript from editions when typing - all letters should be on the same line (e.g. 2nd ed.).

Page Numbers or chapter number

  • This element is not required in the current version of this style anymore.

Place of Publication

  • Only include the place of publication if it’s relevant to the user.
  • The place of publication may be relevant if: 

    • you’re citing works with editions published in multiple locations 

    • the location the book was published impacts the credibility of your work.


  • Use the publisher’s full name.
  • Omit an initial The from a publisher’s name and the words such as "Inc.", "Ltd.", "Co.", or "& Co."

Year of Publication 

  • For books and book chapters, only the year, not the month or day, is included in the publication date.
  • When the publication date is unknown, the abbreviation n.d. takes the place of the year.

eBooks Chapter

  • Chapters in ebooks may have their own individual DOI, so where possible use the chapter DOI rather than the one for the whole book.
  • For books freely available online, include the DOI if available, if not, hyperlink the title or book title using the URL.


Book chapters with 1, 2, 3 or more authors


The following is the general format of a reference to a book chapter with 1, 2 or more authors from an edited book. 

  • In-text citations list all authors when a chapter has 1 or 2 authors; list only the first author followed by et al. for 3 or more authors.
  • Include all author names in the reference list entry.  

See the general rules for book chapters for more details. 


In-text citation: format and example

(Chapter Author's Surname Year of Publication) or  Chapter Author's Surname (Year of Publication)

  • One author: (Lamb 2010)  or  Lamb (2010)
  • Two authors: (Laurence and Margolis 2005)   or    Laurence and Margolis (2005)
  • Three and more authors: (Renner et al. 2013)   or   Renner et al. (2013)


Reference list entry: format and example

Chapter Author Surname Initials (Year) 'Chapter title', in Editor Surname Initials (ed/s) Book title: subtitle, edition, Publisher, Place of Publication, DOI. 

Germov J and Poole M (2023) 'The sociological gaze: linking private lives to public issues', in Germov J and Poole M (eds) Public sociology: an introduction to Australian society, 5th edn, Routledge, Abingdon, England, doi:10.4324/9781003193791-2.

Lamb S (2010) 'School dropout and completion in Australia', in Lamb S, Markussen E, Teese R, Polesel J and Sandberg N (eds) School dropout and completion: international comparative studies in theory and policy​, Springer, doi:10.1007/978-90-481-9763-7_18.

Laurence S and Margolis E (2005) ‘Number and natural language’, in Carruthers P, Laurence S and Stich S (eds) The innate mind: structure and contents, Oxford University Press, New York.

Renner A, Brew B, and Proctor C (2013) 'Plotting inequality, building resistance', in Gutstein E and Peterson B (eds) Rethinking mathematics: teaching social justice by the numbers, 2nd edn, Rethinking Schools, Milwaukee.

Entries from dictionaries and encyclopedias


For dictionaries and encyclopedias, only include an in-text citation. Don’t include a citation in the reference list.


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