Reference Citing For a Phd Thesis

If I am citing a book for reference in a PhD thesis, but cannot get

hold of the actual work, will this be accepted? also when searching to

confirm the details of publication for a title with 2 publishing

countries, is it preferred to give both countries or is this


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  1. The real answer to your question depends on the specific instructions

    you receive from your university. These are typically guidelines which

    are provided by your university library since they are ultimately the

    custodians of the finished document.

    However, with that disclaimer, I can still provide a probable answer

    to your questions.

    There should be no problem citing a book you cannot get into your

    hands as long as you have reliable information about it (such as a

    library catalogue entry). Of course, your thesis committee may wonder

    why you want to cite a work you are clearly not using directly in your

    research. I'm presuming you have a good reason to want to cite the

    work, or perhaps you have a secondary source for some of its content.

    As to the details of publication, _The Chicago Manual of Style,

    Fourteenth Edition_ (Chicago[and London!]: The University of Chicago

    Press, 1993), 555-56 recommends (in paragraph 15.157):

    "The name of the city where the publisher's main editorial offices are

    located is usually sufficient:

    New York: MacMillan, 1980

    "If the title page of the book lists two cities with the publisher's

    name, the city listed first is the one to use; it is permissible, but

    not necessary, to use both:

    Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1991.

    Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1991."

    The Chicago Manual is widely used by English-language journals as a

    style reference, but it is by no means the only such reference

    available, and specific details do vary from one style manual to

    another. I hope that answers your question!

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