Books and book chapters


Information contained within a book may have taken years to compile. The book must then be accepted for publication, before printing and sale to bookshops and libraries. As a result, information in books tends to be less current than information found in other sources, such as journal and newspaper articles.

Some, if not all, of the book’s contents (or chapters) may be relevant to your research, providing a good, general background to your topic.


Did you know? Old King Cole is the smallest book in the Library of Congress (world’s biggest library). It is about the size of the full stop at the end of this sentence. The pages can only be turned with a needle.

Books and book chapters from your readings

Statistics New Zealand. (2004). A brief history of New Zealand, In The New Zealand official yearbook (104 ed., pp.13-22. Wellington, NZ: Government Printer.

Consedine, R. (2001). Shattering the myths, In Healing our history: the challenge of the Treaty of Waitangi (pp.76-99). Auckland, NZ: Penguin.

Walker, R. (1990). Nga tikanga Maori, In Ka whawhai tonu matou: Struggle without end (pp.63-77). Auckland, NZ: Penguin.



See a list of abbreviations. These abbreviations are often used
with written information, and also when citing this information.