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Vancouver Referencing Guide: Books

A guide to the Vancouver referencing style commonly used in the biomedical sciences

Print Book

Standard Format for Citation to Whole Book:

Author(s) of book.  Title of book.  Edition (if other than first).  Place of publication: Publisher; Year of publication.


Book – personal author(s)
Jenkins PF. Making sense of the chest x-ray: a hands-on guide. New York: Oxford University Press; 2005.

Briggs GG, Freeman RK, Yaffe SJ. Drugs in pregnancy and lactation: a reference guide to fetal and neonatal risk. 9th ed. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 2011.

Phillips H, Rogers B, Bernheim KL, et al. Community medicine in action. New York: Eastern Press; 2005.

Book – editor/compiler as author

Barone MA, ed. The Harriet Lane handbook: a manual for pediatric house officers. 14th ed. St. Louis: Mosby-Year Book; 1996.

Federal Government Publication with Agency or Congress as author
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. Disability among older persons: United States and Canada. Washington: Government Printing Office; 1995.

No author
Physicians’ desk reference. 67th ed. Montvale (NJ): Thomson Reuters; 2013.


Online Book

Standard Format for Citation to Whole eBook:

Author(s) of book.  Title of book [book on the Internet].  Edition (if other than first).  Place of publication: Publisher; Year of publication [updated/revised date; cited date]. Available from: URL or Database name.


Book in an eBook Collection
Trevor AJ, Masters SB, Katzung BG. Basic & clinical pharmacology [book on the Internet]. 11th ed. New York: McGraw Hill Lange; 2009 [cited 2013 June 26]. Available from: Ebsco eBooks

eBooks Publically Available on the Internet
Foley KM, Gelband H, eds. Improving palliative care for cancer [book on the Internet]. Washington: National Academy Press; 2001 [cited 2013 Jul 9]. [about 10 pages].  Available from: http://www.nap.edu/books/0309074029/html/.

The bad bug book {book on the Internet]. 2nd ed. Silver Springs (MD): Food and Drug Administration (US), Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition; 2012 [updated 2013 May 20; cited 2013 July 28]. Available from: http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/CausesOfIllnessBadBugBook/