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Harvard Referencing (AGSM)

Guide to the Harvard Referencing Style, as used by Australian Government bodies

Is it a book chapter?

Are you sure you should be citing the chapter of this book, and not the whole book? Check the page on Books and book chapters.

The format of a citation varies with the number of authors of the work, ensure you check the formatting is correct for the number of authors of the resources you are citing.

Standard book chapter pattern


Author A (Year) 'Title of chapter: subtitle of chapter', in Editor E and Editor F (eds) Title of book: subtitle of book, Xth edn (if not the first), volume (if part of a set), (Translator T trans), Name of Publisher, DOI. or URL (if available)


Le Couteur D, Kendig H, Naganathan V and McLachlan A (2010) 'The ethics of prescribing medications to older people', in Koch S, Gloth FM and Nay R (eds) Medication management in older adults, Springer, doi:10.1007/978-1-60327-457-9_3.

Martin A (2006) 'Literacies for the digital age', in Martin A and Madigan D (eds) Digital literacies for learning, Facet.

Rolf F and Burston A (2020) 'Safety', in Berman A, Frandsen G, Snyder S, Levett-Jones T, Burston A, Dwyer T, Hales M, Harvey N,  Moxham L, Reid-Searl K, Rolf F and Stanley D (eds) Kozier and Erb’s fundamentals of nursing, 5th Australian edn, Pearson.

Henderson DA and Moss B (1999) 'Smallpox and vaccinia', in Plotkin SA and Orenstein WA (eds) Vaccines, 3rd edn, Saunders.

Ward S (2007) 'The development of the bookshop’, in Finkelstein D & McCleery A (eds), Edinburgh history of the book in Scotland: professionalism and diversity 1880-2000, vol 4, Edinburgh University Press. 


  • Only include an edition number if it is not the first edition. 
  • If the work is part of a set of volumes, include the volume number after the edition information e.g. vol 1 or vols 1,3. If consulting all volumes include the number of volumes e.g. 4 vols
  • If the work is a translation include the name of the translator in brackets followed by the word trans
  • Include a DOI if available. If you include a DOI, you don't need to include the publisher location.
  • For online books without a DOI include the URL at the end of the reference after the full stop.
  • Include a Place of publication only it is relevant to the reader. For example:
    • For style manuals it may be important to know if the source is published in the US or the UK for spelling purposes.
    • For a book about "Aboriginal English" or colonialism the location of the publisher may indicate bias or viewpoints.
  • If including a place of publication: 
    • include the name of the city after the publisher. For example: 
      APA (American Psychological Association) (2020) Publication manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edn, APA, Washington DC.
    • if the city is not well known also include the country. For example:
      Papertalk-Green C and Kinsella J (2018) False claims of colonial thieves, Magabala Books, Broome, Australia.       

For EndNote users:

EndNote Reference Type Book Section or Electronic Book Section
Field notes
  • If using a specific volume enter the volume number in the Volume field
  • If using all volumes in a set enter the number of volumes in the Number of Volumes field

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