Harvard Referencing Tool

by | Jan 31, 2017 | News

Using Harvard Referencing to cite sources of information

Harvard is a style of referencing, primarily used by students, to cite information sources.

Two types of citations are included:

In-text citations are used when directly quoting or paraphrasing a source. They are located in the body of the work and contain a fragment of the full citation.

Depending on the source type, some Harvard Reference in-text citations may look something like this:

“After that I lived like a young rajah in all the capitals of Europe…” (Fitzgerald, 2004).

Reference Lists are located at the end of the work and display full citations for sources used in the assignment.

Here is an example of a full citation for a book found in a Harvard Reference list:

Fitzgerald, F. (2004). The great Gatsby. New York: Scribner.


Harvard Reference List Overview

Reference lists are created to allow readers to locate original sources themselves. Each citation in a reference list includes various pieces of information including the:

  • Name of the author(s)
  • Year published
  • Title
  • City published
  • Publisher
  • Pages used

Generally, Harvard Reference List citations follow this format:

  • Last name, First Initial. (Year published). Title. City: Publisher, Page(s).

Citations are listed in alphabetical order by the author’s last name.

If there are multiple sources by the same author, then citations are listed in order by the date of publication.

Click here for access to a free Harvard Referencing Tool and further information regarding referencing sources.