Vancouver Referencing Guide
(updated May 2022)


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How to do citations in Vancouver style?

This is the Citationsy guide to Vancouver citations, reference lists, in-text citations, and bibliographies.
The complete, comprehensive guide shows you how easy citing any source can be. Referencing books, youtube videos, websites, articles, journals, podcasts, images, videos, or music in Vancouver.

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How do you cite a book in the Vancouver referencing style? (2022 Guide)

Did you know there are over 2.5 million book titles published in 2021. If you find yourself trying to cite a book in Vancouver, here’s how

Here’s an example book citation in Vancouver using placeholders:
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Last Name FN. Title. Edition. Editor Last Name EFN, editor. City: Publisher; 2000.
So if we want to cite, for example, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou we’d do so like this:
Vancouver citation:
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Angelou M. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. 1st ed. New York: Random House; 1969.
And an in-text citation book citation in Vancouver looks like this: (1)

How to reference a journal article in the Vancouver citation style?

How do you cite scientific papers in Vancouver format?

The basic information included in your citation will be the same across all styles. However, the format in which that information is presented is somewhat different depending on style you need. To cite a paper in Vancouver, follow this example

Here’s a Vancouver journal citation example using placeholders:
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Author1 LastnameAF, Author3 LastnameAF. Title. Container [Internet]. 2000Jan.1 [cited 2022May27];Volume(Issue):pages Used. Available from: URL
So if we want to reference this scientific article: “Testing consumer preferences for iced-coffee: Does the drinking environment have any influence?” by C. Petit and J.M. Sieffermann in Vancouver:
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Petit C, Sieffermann J. Testing consumer preferences for iced-coffee: Does the drinking environment have any influence?. [Internet]. 2007Jan.1 [cited 2022May27];18(1):161-72. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodqual.2006.05.008
And an in-text citation would look like this: (1)

How to cite a website in a paper in Vancouver style?

Although not all open web content is appropriate as scholarly evidence, you might find yourself wanting to reference a web page in Vancouver. Here’s a quick and simple guide on how to do it

Here’s an Vancouver example website reference:
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Author1 LastnameAF, Author2 LastnameAF. Title [Internet]. Publisher; 2000 [cited 2022May27]. Available from: https://www.example.com
To reference the article located at this link:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/nov/05/uselections20083
on The Guardian website:
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Tran M. Barack Obama To Be America’s First Black President [Internet]. The Guardian; 2008 [cited 2022May27]. Available from: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/nov/05/uselections20083
And an in-text citation would look like this: (1)

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How to cite a YouTube video Vancouver in 2022

Citing a video from YouTube may appear more difficult than citing a book because YouTube has so much information. But the process is quite simple, here’s how to do it in Vancouver

Here’s a Vancouver citation YouTube video example:
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ChannelName. Title [Internet]. YouTube. 2000 [cited 2022May27]. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXXXXX
So how to cite a video Vancouver?
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Pixar. Pizza Clip — Inside Out [Internet]. YouTube. 2015 [cited 2022May27]. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W6rntBADUQ
And an in-text video citation would look like this: (1)

How to cite a podcast using Vancouver referencing style

Podcasts can be perfect sources of information for your research paper. They cover a wide range of topics you may want to address in your paper. Here’s how to cite them in Vancouver

It is becoming more and more common to reference podcasts in essays or other school work.
Here’s how to reference a podcast it in Vancouver.
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Lastname F. Title [Internet]. Publisher; 2000 [cited 2022May27]. Available from: http://www.example.com
Podcast referencing example in Vancouver using “This American Life” episode 640:
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This American Life. 640: Five Women [Internet]. WBEZ Radio; 2018 [cited 2022May27]. Available from: https://thisamericanlife.org/640/five-women
And an in-text citation would look like this: (1)

How to cite a piece of music or a song using Vancouver referencing style?

You might be listening to a song or lyrics from a song you want to cite in an essay or presentation. This is how to easily cite a song in Vancouver

An example song citation in Vancouver.
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Lastname F. Song Title [Internet]. Album. 2000 [cited 2022May27]. Available from: http://www.example.com
Let‘s say we want to reference “Here Comes the Sun” off The Beatles “Abbey Road” album in Vancouver:
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The Beatles. Here Comes the Sun [Internet]. Abbey Road. 1969 [cited 2022May27]. Available from: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/here-comes-the-sun/401186200?i=401187150
And an in-text citation would look like this: (1)


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