Harvard Referencing Quick Guide
What is referencing?
Referencing is a system used in the academic community to indicate where ideas, theories, quotes, facts and any other evidence and information used to undertake an assignment, can be found.
Why do I need to reference my work?
To avoid plagiarism, a form of academic theft.
Referencing your work correctly ensures that you give appropriate credit to the sources and authors that you have used to complete your assignment.
Referencing the sources that you have used for your assignment demonstrates that you have undertaken wide-ranging research in order to create your work.
Referencing your work enables the reader to consult for themselves the same materials that you used.
What do I need to reference?
All the information that you have used in your assignment will need to be acknowledged. It is essential to make a note of all the details of the sources that you use for your assignment as you go along. Harvard examples in this guide are based on guidance in:
BRITISH STANDARDS INSTITUTE. (2010). BS ISO 690:2010. Information and documentation - Guidelines for bibliographic references and citations to information resources. Switzerland: ISO Copyright Office.
NEVILLE, C. (2010) The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism. 2nd Ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press.