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Harvard citation style: Introduction

Introduction to the Harvard Style at UWA

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 is the preferred referencing style for many disciplines of study at the University of Western Australia. It is an author-date referencing style.

The Harvard citation style is not standardised by an independent authority. Harvard style therefore varies between institutions in minor ways, so Harvard style guidelines from other sources may not conform to the UWA standard.

Go to the How to build a Harvard reference tab above to learn more about the anatomy of a Harvard citation.

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.

Printable version - Harvard citation style guide for UWA

A printable version of this guide (updated September 2019), including all explanations and examples, is available here :

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