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Harvard Referencing Edited Book Bibliography Search

With a reference for a chapter in a edited book, such as you would find in a collection of published essays, details of both the individual chapter and the book it is found in are given. This creates a more complicated reference structure. Inverted commas are used to help pick out the chapter name from the other elements in a reference for an edited book (the title and sub-title of the book are made to stand out in italics). The use of the word ‘in’ also signals to the reader which is the chapter and the host source.

What to include:

  • Chapter author’s surname and initials
  • Year of publication
  • Title of chapter
  • Book author or editor’s surname and initials
  • Title: sub-title
  • Edition (if it is not the first)
  • Place of publication
  • Publisher
  • Page numbers of chapter


Points to look out for

Items covered in section 2.2 may apply, and the following:

Not every department may enclose the chapter title in a full reference in inverted commas (check this against your departmental handbook if you need to do anything differently).

The punctuation immediately after the chapter title can also vary between departments; specifically, a full-stop may be used in place of the comma. When there is a full-stop instead, the 'in' preceding the editor's name starts with a capital as 'In'.

Note that the chapter page numbers are placed at the end of the reference, after the publisher information.

In an edited book, individual authors each contribute a chapter. The final publication is overseen by the editor(s), and their name(s) will be on the front cover of the book. 

When you cite one of the chapters in an edited book in your text, you must cite the author(s) of that chapter, not the editor of the book. For the entry in your reference list, follow the guidance below, which you will also find in your Harvard guide. Make sure you include the page range of the chapter you are citing.  

Students starting their course in September 2016 or later are advised to use the Cite Them Right (10th edition) Harvard style throughout their work. Students who started before this date may choose to continue using the University of Worcester Harvard (2015) or switch to the newer Harvard style. Make sure that whichever style you choose, you use it consistently throughout your work.

Cite Them Right (10th edition) Harvard

University of Worcester Harvard (2015)

Lillis, T.M. and Swann, J. (2003) ‘Giving feedback on student writing’, in Coffin, C. et al. (eds.) Teaching academic writing: a toolkit for higher education. London: Routledge, pp. 101-129.

Buckler, L. & Hobbs, S. (2009) University life: the student perspective. In: Doughty, R. & Shaw, D. (eds.) Film: the essential study guide. Abingdon, Routledge, pp. 15-24.


If you use more than one chapter from the edited book, you will need to include a reference on your reference list for each chapter you have used.