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- Chapters in Books
- Acts of Parliament
- Delegated Legislation
- Company Reports
- Company Profiles
- Web Images
- Web Documents
- Computer Software
- CMO Articles
- Audio-Visual Material
- A table of examples in all formats for quick reference
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 can vary in minor features such as punctuation, capitalisation, abbreviations, and the use of italics.
The examples in this guide have been developed in collaboration with the UWA Business School. Always check with your lecturer/tutor for which citation style they prefer you to use.
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' system, so your in-text citation consists of author(s) and year of publication.
In-text citation of a book (the same format applies for a journal article)
If you quote directly from an author or paraphrase a specific idea or piece of information from a source, you need to include the page number of the quote or passage in your in-text citation.
The reference list:
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 entries contain all the information that someone needs to follow up your source. Reference lists in Harvard are arranged alphabetically by author.