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Welcome to the Library: Referencing

Harvard Referencing Guide


For detailed information and Harvard Referencing examples check the full length version of DkIT's Guide to Harvard referencing and the Harvard Referencing Libguide.


Using the Referencing Guide

What's the Harvard style of referencing?

The Harvard referencing style has two parts:

1. Citation

  • A note, in the main text of your assignment, to say that you are using someone else's work.
  • It's usually written in the format (Author Year). For example (Drury 2013).
  • If you are using the author's name in a sentence you can add the year in brackets straight after it. For example "Drury (2013) outlines the key steps required".

2. Reference List

  • A detailed list at the end of your assignment of the sources you have used in your assignment.
  • It's written in alphabetical order by author's surname.
  • It only contains the sources you cited in the main text of your assignment.

What's referencing?

Referencing is when you acknowledge that you have used someone else's material or ideas in your own work.

  • It allows the reader to source the information you have used
  • It shows the research you have carried out for your work and helps you to back up your arguments
  • It indicates when you are using someone else's work so that you're not accused on plagiarism, cheating or copying

Is this the right style for you?

DkIT uses a specific version of the Harvard style of referencing, which is supported by the Library and covered in this guide.

Your lecturer might want you to use a different referencing system, such as footnotes or numbers. Check with them before you start your assignment.

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