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Last Updated: Apr 18, 2017     Views: 9563

Edited books contain chapters usually written by different authors who are experts in their field. They are considered scholarly and appropriate for use in assignments but be aware of the date of statistics and other evidence used in them.
 
How to identify an edited book.

An edited book displays editor's name instead of an author's name on the front of the book and title page. Next to their name will be the words 'editor' or 'edited by'. 

A reference to an edited book will show the editor's name in the author field or after the title followed by 'ed' or 'edited by'.

Chapters from an edited book may have:

  • different authors some of which may be the editors.
  • the authors name listed on the contents page or at the beginning of each chapter.
  • no authors listed.

How to find a chapter in an edited book. 

Check your unit in the Library reserve collection for any edited books by entering the unit number into the Library search box, then select the 'Course Reserve & Readings' tab at the top of the page. You can then go to the shelves and examine the specific chapters from the book.  


How to cite a chapter in an edited book 
Examples can be found in each of the style guides listed on the Referencing and Citation page

 

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