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Edition

When writing a reference it is important to indicate which edition of the source you have been using. An author sometimes makes changes to a book, after a time, to bring it up to date and correct any errors. Sometimes a book is completely reset by a publisher so that all the page numbers are different. In both cases it is published as a new edition. It is therefore very important that you indicate which edition you have been using. If no other editions are mentioned in the publishing details of the book, it is the first edition, and referencing convention is that first editions are not mentioned as such in references. But if it is a second or third etc edition, you must indicate the number of the edition immediately after the title of the book. The year you use is the year the particular edition was published. Ignore the years of any reprints of the edition. So your copy may have been reprinted in 2005, but this copy was published in 2002. You put 2002 in your reference for the year of publication.