Vancouver (author-date) Referencing Guide

How to do citations in Vancouver (author-date) style?

This is the Citationsy guide to Vancouver (author-date) 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 (author-date).

cite Vancouver (author-date)  — Referencing Guide



How do you cite a book in the Vancouver (author-date) referencing style?

A book citation in Vancouver (author-date) always includes the author name(s), the publication year, the book title, and the publisher. Here’s an example

Here’s an example book citation in Vancouver (author-date) using placeholders:
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 (author-date) citation:
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 (author-date) looks like this: (Angelou 1969)

How to reference a journal article in the Vancouver (author-date) citation style?

How do you cite scientific papers in Vancouver (author-date) format?

Have you come across a research paper or journal article you would like to cite in your own research? Here’s how to do it in Vancouver (author-date)

Here’s a Vancouver (author-date) journal citation example using placeholders:
Author1 LastnameAF, Author3 LastnameAF. Title. Container [Internet]. 2000Jan.1 [cited 2022Jan.18];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 (author-date):
Petit C, Sieffermann J. Testing consumer preferences for iced-coffee: Does the drinking environment have any influence?. [Internet]. 2007Jan.1 [cited 2022Jan.18];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: (Petit and Sieffermann 2007)

How to cite a website in a paper in Vancouver (author-date) style?

You probably find a lot of useful information on websites while browsing the web. Here’s a simple guide on how to cite any website in Vancouver (author-date)

Here’s an Vancouver (author-date) example website reference:
Author1 LastnameAF, Author2 LastnameAF. Title [Internet]. Publisher; 2000 [cited 2022Jan.18]. 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:
Tran M. Barack Obama To Be America’s First Black President [Internet]. The Guardian; 2008 [cited 2022Jan.18]. Available from: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/nov/05/uselections20083
And an in-text citation would look like this: (Tran 2008)

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How to cite a YouTube video Vancouver (author-date)

Are you watching a YouTube video and found something worth sharing in your research paper? Here’s how to cite a YouTube video in Vancouver (author-date)

Here’s a Vancouver (author-date) citation YouTube video example:
ChannelName. Title [Internet]. YouTube. 2000 [cited 2022Jan.18]. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXXXXX
So how to cite a video Vancouver (author-date)?
Pixar. Pizza Clip — Inside Out [Internet]. YouTube. 2015 [cited 2022Jan.18]. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W6rntBADUQ
And an in-text video citation would look like this: (Pixar 2015)

How to cite a podcast using Vancouver (author-date) referencing style

To cite a podcast episode in Vancouver (author-date), this is what you’ll need

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 (author-date).
Lastname F. Title [Internet]. Publisher; 2000 [cited 2022Jan.18]. Available from: http://www.example.com
Podcast referencing example in Vancouver (author-date) using “This American Life” episode 640:
This American Life. 640: Five Women [Internet]. WBEZ Radio; 2018 [cited 2022Jan.18]. Available from: https://thisamericanlife.org/640/five-women
And an in-text citation would look like this: (This American Life 2018)

How to cite a piece of music or a song using Vancouver (author-date) referencing style?

Are you into rock, pop, heavy metal, hip hop, jazz, electronic, or classical music and would like to cite or reference one of your favourite songs? Here’s how to do it in Vancouver (author-date)

An example song citation in Vancouver (author-date).
Lastname F. Song Title [Internet]. Album. 2000 [cited 2022Jan.18]. 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 (author-date):
The Beatles. Here Comes the Sun [Internet]. Abbey Road. 1969 [cited 2022Jan.18]. Available from: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/here-comes-the-sun/401186200?i=401187150
And an in-text citation would look like this: (The Beatles 1969)


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