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Harvard referencing guide

Why is Referencing Important?


 Referencing or citing your sources is an important part of academic writing. It lets you acknowledge the ideas or words of others if you use them in your work and helps avoid plagiarism. Referencing also demonstrates that you've read relevant background literature and you can provide authority for statements you make in your assignments. The Harvard citation style varies worldwide in features such as punctuation, capitalization, abbreviations, and the use of italics. The Library recommends that you, therefore, use the TUS Midlands Harvard guide supported by the library


Getting Started

There are two components to referencing: in-text citations in your paper and the reference list at the end of your paper.

The in-text citation:

Harvard is an 'author/date' style, so your in-text citation consists of author(s), year of publication and page. If your in text citation is a general one, to ideas that run through a complete work, then the in text citation would simply use author and date as below  


In-text citation of a book 

When you quote directly from an author or citing a specific idea or piece of information from a specific page or pages then you need to include the page number of the quote in your in-text citation.



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  The reference list/bibliography:

All in-text citations should be listed in the reference list at the end of your document.

 Reference list entry for a book

Reference list entry for a Journal


Reference list/Bibliography entries contain all the information that someone needs to follow up your source. Reference lists/Bibliographies in Harvard are arranged alphabetically by author.

TUS Midlands Quick Guide Harvard

TUS Midlands Harvard Full Guide PDF

Intext in body of a work and links to Harvard reference list examples

Tutorials in Harvard Referencing

Tutorials are available for individuals or groups in Harvard referencing

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