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Referencing ebooks

This guide explains how to reference an ebook using the APA 6th referencing style.

University style is APA 6th here is a link to guide. If your dept isn't using APA 6th then please refer to departmental referencing guide.

How do I reference an ebook?

How do I reference an ebook?

Referencing an ebook is very similar to referencing a print book. The format for an ebook reference using APA 6th will vary depending on whether the ebook has a DOI or not.

What is a DOI?

What is a DOI?

A DOI (Digital Object Identifer) is a unique set of numbers and letters assigned to an electronic publication on the Internet. The DOI means there is a persistent link to the location on the Internet.. The way an ebook is referenced changes dependant on whether the ebook has a DOI or not.  

How do I reference an ebook with a DOI?

How do I reference an ebook with a DOI?

Include the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) wherever possible.

  • Author in format: Surname, Initial/s
  • Year of publication (in round brackets) followed by a full stop
  • Title of book (in italics) followed by a full stop
  • DOI

Smith, A. (2008). The wealth of nations. doi:10.1036/007142363x.

How do I reference an ebook without a DOI?

How do I reference an ebook without a DOI

For electronic books without a DOI include the web address from which it was retrieved.

  • Author in format: Surname, Initial/s
  • Year of publication (in round brackets) followed by a full stop
  • Title of book (italics) followed by a full stop
  • Retrieved from http://www.xxxxx

Wall, W. (2009). Forensic science in court: the role of the expert witness. Retrieved from http://www.dawsonera.com

Where will I find the DOI for an ebook?

Where will I find the DOI for an ebook?

In Summon, click Preview, for more information about an ebook. Here you will find the DOI if the ebook has one.