How to cite an edited book in Harvard

Harvard edited book citation

To cite an edited book in a reference entry in Harvard style include the following elements:

  1. Editor(s) of the book: Give the last name and initials (e. g. Watson, J.) of up to three authors with the last name preceded by 'and'. For four or more authors include the first name followed by et al. (unless your institution requires referencing of all authors). End with ed. or eds., respectively, in round brackets.
  2. Year of publication: Give the year in round brackets.
  3. Title of the book: Book titles are italicized. Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalized.
  4. Edition: Include the edition number only if it is not the first. End this element with 'edn.' If it is a revised edition abbreviate as 'rev. edn.'
  5. Place of publication: List the city and the US state using the two-letter abbreviation. Spell out country names if outside of the UK or the USA.
  6. Publisher: Give the name of the publisher.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of an edited book in Harvard style:

Editor(s) of the book (ed. or eds.). (Year of publication) Title of the book. Edition edn. Place of publication: Publisher.

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the Harvard style guidelines in action:


Book with one editor

Bruya, B. (ed.). (2010) Effortless Attention. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Book with two editors

Wardrip-Fruin, N., & Montfort, N. (eds.). (2003) The new media reader. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Book with one author and two editors

Orksun, B.. (2017) Healthcare management. 7th edn. Edited by B. Jones and D. Kirk. London: Medical Press.

Note: Edition is included because it is not the first.

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