How to quote a book or chapter in the Vancouver-style Bibliography?

Vancouver or Vancouver Style style bibliography. If you are an aspiring doctor or nurse … you will surely cross it on your graduation thesis.

The system was born in the late seventies to provide a univocal and universal standard to be adopted for scientific publications in the medical and nursing fields.

But how is it done? Here is a brief guide to not going crazy. You will realize that it is simpler than it seems.

We proceed with order:

1) In the Vancouver style the works in the bibliography must be numbered in a progressive manner according to the order in which they are cited in the text.

The bibliographic citation never appears in the text but only in the final section of the thesis, called the Bibliography.

In the text, instead, there will be the call number corresponding to the bibliographic entry.

2) Quote a book in Vancouver style

– Full surname, followed by the initial of the name with the dot

– Full text title followed by a dot (with the same character, not underlined, not in italics, not in bold)

– Edition (only if later than the first)

– City of publication followed by two points

– Publishing House followed by a semicolon

– Year of publication followed by the point

For example: Rossi C. Flower and Green Sciences. Milan: Nursery Editions; 2000.

3) Cite the chapter of a book in Vancouver style

– Surname of the author of the chapter followed by the initial of the name with the point

– Chapter title in full (with the same character, not underlined, not in italics, not in bold) followed by “In:”

– Surname of the author of the book followed by the initial of the name with the point

– Book title in full followed by a dot (with the same character, not underlined, not in italics, not in bold)

– Edition (only if later than the first)

– Volume number (if they are numbered)

– City of publication followed by a colon

– Publishing house followed by a semicolon

– Year of publication followed by the point

– Interval of pages of the chapter indicating the first and the last with a dash in the middle and followed by the dot

For example: Rossi C. The flowers in the meadows In: Lupine A. Flower and Green Sciences. Volume 2. Milan: Nursery Editions; 2000. 10-30.

Remember that the Vancouver-style bibliography is only one of the various methods in which the bibliography of your degree thesis can be made.