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General formatting rules
References need to be consistent in layout and punctuation.
- If an author has more than one first name add a space between each initial. e.g. Author, A. A.
- When citing two authors inside brackets, use an ampersand to join the two family names together, e.g. (Levitt & Bamberg, 2017). When citing two authors within in a sentence, join them together with the word ‘and'.
- Capitalise the first letter of title and subtitle.
- Title and subtitle are always separated by a colon.
- Use a colon followed by a space to separate titles and subtitles.
- Include the edition number for all editions other than the first.
- Use abbreviations for editors (Eds.) and edition (ed.).
- Use ‘p.' for a single page, ‘pp.' for several pages.
- Apply these rules to URLs (web links), e.g. ebook, article or web page.
* All links should be live if the work is to be read online. Remove the hyperlink if the work is in a printed format.
* Provide a retrieval date if the content is designed to change over time and is not archived. The format is: Retrieved January 12, 2020, from http://... .