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Harvard referencing

This guide shows the Harvard style of referencing with examples from many types of today's information sources.

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About the Harvard style

There is no definitive version of the 'Harvard style'; the term 'Harvard Style' can refer to any referencing style which uses an author-date format for its in-text citations. For example, the APA and Chicago styles can be considered versions of the 'Harvard style'. 

You may come across many 'Harvard' style guides, each of which is slightly different. This is because different organisations or bodies have adapted the basic author-date system for their own needs, and retained the name Harvard. 

This referencing guide is based on the author-date system outlined in the AGPS (Australian Government Publication Style) manual for authors, editors and printers (6th edition), which can be found in the General Collection at PN147.S79 2002. The AGPS manual has not been updated for more than 15 years. Please note that the manual details 3 different 'systems'. Bond University uses the 'author-date' system, the major details of which are outlined on pp. 192-208.

Referencing tools

EndNote and Refworks are tools that allow you to manage the references you find during your research. Both tools have the following features:

  • Manually add references
  • Import references from library databases
  • Create bibliographies and reference lists in your chosen style
  • Create in-text citations in your chosen style
Keep an eye out for our Pop Up Referencing help throughout the semester, or make an appointment for further assistance.