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WHSL Citing the Medical Literature: Citing Print Books Harvard Style

How to cite print and electronic books and journals using Vancouver or Harvard styles for use in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand (GEMP 1 BMCS, MTP1, MTP2)

Examples of Print Book Citations Harvard Style

The Harvard (Chicago) style of citation is sometimes called the author-date system, particularly in the physical, natural and social sciences, as the author's surname and date are cited in the text. In the list of references at the end of the article/assignment/portfolio/dissertation/thesis the full bibliographic information is supplied. The following is an example of how to cite a book using this syle in the list of references at the end (bibliography).  

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Example of the Verso Page

Go to the following reference:

Netter, Frank H. 2011. Atlas of Student Anatomy. 5th ed. [Philadelphia, PA.]: Saunders.

The link for this book at can be found below. Once you have found the cover of this book at Amazon, click on the cover to see the "Copyright" page inside the book. This page is the verso of the cover page. It contains the publication details and copyright notices.

Where to Find More Information About Citing Print Books, Harvard Style

The chief source of information for citing a print book is the title page. The back of this page (also called the verso) is where details of date of publication and the copyright holder/s are found. This verso page together with the cover of the book will contain additional sources of authoritative information you will need for citing a print book.

Further rules for citing books can be found at the links below. Please note the following:

  • Some Australian University Harvard citation styles do not use fullstops between the initials of the author/s. Please ensure that you use fullstops at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand.
  • The APA (American Psychological Association) and the MLA (Modern Language Association use their own versions of the Harvard citation style. These are not generally accepted at the Faculty of Health Sciences. However, you should check with your department as to whether you may use these styles, particularly if you are a student of psychiatry.