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This editied book is edited by four editors and each chaper has different author. How should I reference this ?


The book is called Potter and Perry's Fundamentals of Nursing edited by Crisp & Taylor and author of the chapter that I'm referring to is Trish Burton.


There is no date either.... 

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Jackie, 6 years ago


please see the example in this link from our website. We have an online guide to Harvard UTS - https://www.lib.uts.edu.au/help/referencing/harvard-uts-referencing-guide/book.

In the examples, note the word 'in' in front of the editor names, and also that the editor initials come in front of their surnames, unlike the author initials which come after their surnames. Use (ed.) for one editor, (eds) for more than one editor.

In some textbooks, chapters are grouped together into Units, with unit editors, and some chapters have no listed authors. In such a case, use the chapter author if there is one, and otherwise use the unit editor in place of the author (see first example below). If a chapter has been adapted, and so has both authors and an adaptor, list the adaptor's name after the chapter title (see second example below),

White, J. 2009, 'Nursing today', in J. Crisp & C. Taylor (eds), Potter & Perry's fundamentals of nursing, 3rd edn, Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, NSW, pp. 1-15.

Robbins, N.C., Shaw, C.A. & Lewis, S.L. 2012, 'Nursing management: diabetes mellitus', adapted by B. Davis, in D. Brown & H. Edwards (eds), Lewis's medical-surgical nursing: assessment and management of clinical problems, 3rd edn, Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, NSW, pp. 1357-92.


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