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Harvard Referencing Edited Book Bibliography

To cite a chapter from a book collection


A book collection consists of a collection of articles or chapters, each by different authors, but compiled by editor(s). If you want to cite a particular article/chapter, cite the author(s) of the chapter in the text:

(Curthoys 1997, p. 25)

List of references

When you use an article/ chapter from a book collection, the title of the article appears in quotations. The title of the book is italicised. For example:

Curthoys, A 1997, 'History and identity', in W Hudson & G Bolton (eds), Creating Australia: changing Australian history,  Allen & Unwin, Sydney, pp. 23-38

Place the information in the following order:

  • author's surname and initial
  • year of publication
  • name of article (between single quotation marks with minimal capitalisation)
  • in
  • initial(s) and surname(s) of editor(s)
  • (ed.) or (eds)
  • name of collection (the name on the title page) in italics and minimal capitalisation
  • publisher
  • place of publication
  • page range

To cite an entire book collection


If you want to cite the entire book, refer to the editor(s) of the collection in the text:

(Hudson & Bolton 1997)

List of references

Hudson, W & Boltton, G (eds) 1997, Creating Australia: changing Australian history,  Allen & Unwin, Sydney.

Guide: How to cite a Edited book in Harvard style

Use the following template to cite a edited book using the Harvard citation style. For help with other source types, like books, PDFs, or websites, check out our other guides. To have your reference list or bibliography automatically made for you, try our free citation generator.


Pink text = information that you will need to find from the source.
Black text = text required by the Harvard style.

Reference list

Place this part in your bibliography or reference list at the end of your assignment.


Author Surname, Author Initial. ed., (Year Published). Title. ed. City: Publisher, p.Pages Used.


Duncan, J. ed., (2014). Penguins and their habitats. 2nd ed. London: Brookenheim Books, pp.4-5.

In-text citation

Place this part right after the quote or reference to the source in your assignment.


(Author Surname, Year Published)


star-crossed lovers” (Duncan, 2014)

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