Wilkes University

Vancouver Referencing Guide: Book Chapters

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

Print Book Chapter

When referencing a chapter from a book (instead of the whole book), you will cite it differently depending on whether the chapter is by the book author or a chapter by a contributing author in an edited book.

Standard Format for a Chapter by the Book Author This is a separately identified part of a book (i.e., you are not citing the whole book) which has been written by the author of the book itself:

Author(s) of book.  Title of book.  Edition.  Place of publication: Publisher; Year of publication. Chapter number: Chapter title; inclusive pagination.

Examples:
Ansel  HC. Pharmaceutical measurement. 13th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010. Chapter 3: Pharmaceutical measurement; p.35-47.

Dillon PA. Nursing health assessment; a critical thinking, care studies approach. Philadelphia: Davis, 2003. Chapter 3: Approach to the physical assessment; p. 49-77.



Standard Format for a Chapter in an Edited Book
This is a separately identified part of a book which has been written by an author in a book edited by others:

Author(s) of chapter.  Title of chapter.  In:  Ed(s) name, ed(s).  Title of book.  Edition. Place of publication:  Publisher; Year of publication.  Inclusive pagination. 

Examples:

MacDougall C, Chambers HF. Aminoglycosides. In: Brunton LL, Chabner BA, Knollman BJ, eds. Goodman & Gilman’s the pharmacological basis of therapeutics. 12th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2011. p. 1505-20.

Kone BC. Metabolic basis of solute transport. In: Brenner BM, Rector FC, eds. Brenner and Rector’s the kidney. 8th ed. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier; 2008. p. 130-55.

 



Online Book Chapter

Standard Format for a Chapter by the eBook Author:

Author(s) of book.  Title of book. [book on the Internet]. Edition. Place of publication:  Publisher; Year of publication.  Number of chapter: Title of chapter [Date of Update/Revision; Date of Citation]; inclusive pagination (or the extent, such as XX number of screens).  Available from:URL or Database name.

Examples:

Book from an Electronic Collection
Watson J. Nursing; the philosophy and science of caring [book on the Internet]. City: Publisher; Year. Chapter X: Caritas processes; extension of carative factors [cited 2013 July 28]; p.39-44. Available from: EBSCOhost eBook Collection.

Book Publically Available
Darwin C. On the Origin of Species by means of natural selection or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life [book on the Internet]. London: John Murray; 1859. Chapter 5, Laws of Variation [cited 2013 Apr 22]; about 10 screens. Available from: http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/origin/chapter5.html   

National Academy of Sciences (US), Institute of Medicine, Board on Health Sciences Policy, Committee on Clinical Trial Registries. Developing a national registry of pharmacologic and biologic clinical trials: workshop report [book on the Internet]. Washington: National Academies Press (US); 2006. Chapter 5, Implementation issues; [cited 2013 June 28]; p. 35-42. Available from:
http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11561

 

Standard Format for a Chapter (by a Contributing Author) in an Edited Book in an eBook Collection:

Author(s) of the contribution. Title of the Contribution. In: Author(s)/Editors(s) of the book. Title of the book [book on the Internet]. Edition. Place of Publication: Publisher; Year of Publication [Date of Update/Revision; Date of Citation]; inclusive pagination (or the extent, such as XX number of screens). Available from:URL or Database Name.


Examples:

Chapter by a Contributing Author in a Book from an Electronic Collection
Benowitz NL. Antihypertneisve agents. In. 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]; p.167-89. Available from:
EBSCOhost eBook Collection http://web.ebscohost.com/.

Chapter by a Contributing Author in a Publically Available eBook
Shrader-Frechette K. Ethical issues in environmental and occupational health. In: Jennings B, Kahn J, Mastroianni A, Parker LS, editors. Ethics and public health: model curriculum [book on the Internet]. Washington: Association of Schools of Public Health; 2003 [cited 2006 Nov 20]. p. 159-92. Available from: http://www.asph.org/UserFiles/EthicsCurriculum.pdf