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Harvard Reference Style

An introduction to the Harvard referencing system with reference formats & examples. This variation of Harvard Reference Style is compiled by Nelson Mandela University Library and Information Services.

Introduction to referencing (citing) sources

Introduction to Harvard reference style

The Harvard Reference Style is an Author-Date style that uses in-text citations and an alphabetically-ordered reference list.

The Harvard Reference Style is widely used, but with numerous variations. The version in this guide is compiled by Nelson Mandela University Library. If you are unsure of which version of the Harvard Reference Style to use please consult your tutor, lecturer or department.

Consistency is important; choose one version of Harvard and make sure that you are consistent in your own application of it.


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