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LSBU Harvard Referencing: E-book

E-books in the library catalogue are referenced as print books.  Use Book (print) for the correct reference.

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.

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 (if available)
  • Publisher (if available)
  • Web address
  • Date accessed



Author’s surname, Initials. (Year of publication) Title of e-book. Edition if later than the first e.g. 2nd ed. Place of publication if available: Publisher if available. Available from: [Accessed date].



Hargreaves, S. and Crabb, J. (2016) Study skills for students with dyslexia: support for Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs). London: Sage. Available from: y%20skills%20university%202016&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q=study%20skills %20university%202016&f=false [Accessed 20 January 2021].

In-text citation: (Hargreaves and Crabb, 2016))

E-ook reference


LSBU Harvard Referencing Quick Guide