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Harvard Referencing

Guide to the style of Harvard referencing required by Doncaster College.


Example of citation within the text - Paraphrasing

Ensuring that you cite references correctly will mean that you avoid a charge of plagiarism (Kingston University Library, 2004).

Example of citation within the text – Direct quote

When discussing the issue of plagiarism, Kingston University Library (2004) inform their students that “plagiarism is treated very seriously, and plagiarised work is usually disqualified” (lines 5 – 6).

Example of how the reference for this source should appear:

Kingston University Library (2004) Citing references using the Harvard style. Kingston University. [Online]. Available from: [Accessed 23 August 2004].


Electronic journal articles - points to note

The following format should be used when referencing webpages: 

 Author (Year) Title of webpage. Publisher. [Online]. Available from: web address [Accessed date].

Web pages rarely have consistent page numbers. Try to be as specific as possible when quoting an electronic source – give a section, paragraph or line number where appropriate

As yet, there is no fixed standard applied to citing electronic sources – the key is consistency. If you apply a consistent style throughout your work, your reader will be able to understand the information and trace the sources that you have used

If no individual author is mentioned, try and identify the department/section that is responsible for the Web page i.e. “Kingston University Library”, and treat as a corporate author