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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 can vary in minor ways between different institutions.

Click on the Understanding referencing 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

Please note: EndNote X8 Instructions are provided in this guide, for use with the style file: uwa_harvard_business_2016.ens

This style, and other UWA EndNote styles, can be downloaded from the UWA Library’s EndNote guide (

It is most important that you understand the principles and reasons for referencing (see the Understanding referencing tab of this guide) prior to using EndNote.
As always, it's important to check references directly exported from databases to make sure that data has transferred correctly.

This PDF was updated on 12th April 2019.

Harvard Citation Style Examples for UWA

See the examples here - including references for many different types of work.