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Understanding your reading list

A guide to understanding your reading list

A book

Book references usually list the author(s) or editors, the date of publication, the book title, edition number, place of publication and name of publisher. If there is more than one edition of a book it will state the edition.

This is an example:

Cottrell, S. (2013) The study skills handbook. 4th edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Study Skills.


If we break it down, this is what the reference means:

A chapter in a book

Some books contain chapters by many different authors and you may be asked to look at one of these.

For example:

Youde, J. (2014) ‘Global health partnerships: the emerging agenda’, in Brown, G. W., Yamey, G. and Wamala, S. (eds.) The handbook of global health policy. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, pp.505-518.

If we break is down, this is what the reference means:

The essential information you will need to search for a book is the title of the book and last name of the author or editor of the book (not the author or title of the chapter).  Often the title of the book is enough to locate it using Hunter.

An e-book

E-books are described in a similar way to conventional books. If you are viewing your reading list online, the URL may be blue enabling you to click on it and go to the resource. If not, you can locate e-books using Hunter.

HINT: You will need your SGUL user name and password to access electronic books at home or at work.