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E-books: Referencing e-books

A guide on finding and using e-books in Stellenbosch University Library.


This section provides examples of referencing electronic books according to the Harvard style of referencing, copied from the Referencing Styles section of the LibGuide, How do I find, access and use information effectively: a step-by-step guide

For help with the following styles of referencing electronic books, please visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

For help with the Vancouver and Footnote styles of referencing, please consult:

Van Dyk, T. & Coetzee, M. 2010. Make sense of referencing: The Harvard, APA and Vancouver methods and footnote system. Stellenbosch: Stellenbosch University Language Centre.

Harvard method


Reference list In-text reference


Beerbohm, M. 1922. A defence of cosmetics. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company. [Online]. Available:  [2006, June 15].

Beerbohm (1922) opposes the testing of cosmetic products on animals.

E-book (via E-book reader)

Beerbohm, M. 2011. A defence of cosmetics. [Kindle version]. Available:  [2012, June 15].


Use date of Kindle edition.

Beerbohm (2011) opposes the testing of cosmetic products on animals.

Dictionary or encyclopedia entry, electronic source

Sutton, R. A. 2010. ‘South-east Asia’, in Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online [Electronic]. Available:  [2012, September 20]

Anderson Sutton (2010) gives a broad overview of South-East Asian tuning systems.