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Junior School Referencing

A guide to compliment the teaching of correct referencing within the Junior School

Referencing a print book

How do we reference a print book?

We reference a print book using JAPA.

When we reference a print book using JAPA, we are going to need to locate a lot of information!

Some of the information can be found on the cover of the book.


All of the information can be found on the title page of the book!

Some of the information that we will need to reference a print book will be found on the cover.


The title page is one of the first pages in the book.  It gives us a lot of information about the book.  We can find all of the information that we need to reference a book using JAPA, by looking at the title page of the book.



Sometimes when referencing a book, we get confused by the words 'published' and 'printed'.


The publisher pays the author for permission to print the book that they wrote.

Sometimes the author decides to use a different publisher when they want their book to be published again.

Sometimes the author gives different publishers, in different countries, permission to publish their books.

There may be changes to the book if it is printed in another country...  It might be translated in to another language or it may have bits removed or extra bits added in.

It is important to know who published the book we use when we are referencing.


The printer is the one who prints the book that you are looking at.  

The publisher pays the printer to print the book, but  we do not add the printer in when we are referencing.


It is important to know who published the book we use, when we are referencing.

Sometimes when we reference a book, there are problems.

Sometimes there is no author's name.

If there is no author's name then you cannot put one in. 

Leave that box blank.

That is quite okay.


Sometimes there are no page numbers.

If there are no page numbers then you cannot put page numbers in. 

Leave that box blank too.


Sometimes we cannot find the title page.

Sometimes the title page is at the front of the book.

Sometimes the title page is at the back of the book!

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