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How do I reference a fiction book series but not a specific title?

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Hey Vassiliki,

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Rosie, 1 year ago

Hey Vassiliki,

If the series is ongoing then you would finish the date range with the date of the most recently published book, as these are the books you are referring too. The reason for this is because the author may never actually release another title, or a new volume may have different ideas or themes that you would not have read.

In regards to the publisher, you can use the publisher from the most recently published title as mostly that title will include some information about the previously published titles' publication.

For your intext citation you would use the whole date span, that's correct!

Cheers,

Rosie

Hi Vassiliki,

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Steven, 1 year ago

Hi Vassiliki,

although the series may be ongoing you should only refer to a certain range in your writting, as Rosie advised above. A general principle is that you refer to what you have actually seen. In catalogues and other situations you sometimes see an open date such as 1994- to indicate that there is an expectation that there will be further books in the series. But you need to be more precise in academic writing.

Regarding in-text citations, they should be the same as what is in the reference list, so the reader can easily find the corresponding item in the reference list for each in-text reference.

Of course if you have an in-text reference that quotes a particular book in the series, and has a page number, then you need to have the book listed seperately in your referenc list,

regards,

Steven

Hi Steven,

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Vassiliki, 1 year ago

Hi Steven,

Thanks for your additional information. 

Vassiliki

A book series reference would

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Rosie, 1 year ago

A book series reference would look something like this

Martin, G.R.R. 1996-2011, A song of ice and fire, book series, Harper Voyager, London.

You can reference a book series by adapting a book reference.

If the series of the book is written by all the same author you would use their name and if it's by multiple authors you would use them in order of the first book published to the latest book published.

As the books may have been published over several years you may need to use a year range which would follow the same format as page numbers in the Harvard UTS style. For example 1995-1996 changes to 1995-6 or 2005-2015 would change to 2005-15.

You would then put the series title in italics and afterwards write book series as a descriptor.

If the books are published by the same house use the name of the publisher and the place of publication; and if from different publishers you can either choose to use the publisher from the most recent title or the first book published in the series.

 

Hope this helps!

Rosie

Thank you for this. Could I

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Vassiliki, 1 year ago

Thank you for this. Could I ask for some clarifications? 

If the series is ongoing would an open ended date be used eg Evanovic, J. 1994-,  Stephanie Plum, book series, [which publisher gets used as she has changed through the series?], New York.

Also, how would I make an intext citation? Do I use the whole date span?

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