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UQ Harvard referencing style

The Harvard style is a generic author-date style for citing and referencing information used.

About Harvard Style

When writing assignments you must acknowledge the source of your ideas and quotes in sufficient detail so that those reading can locate the item. Referencing is important to avoid plagiarism, to verify quotations and to enable readers to follow up what you have written and locate the cited author’s work.

The “Harvard style” is a generic author-date style for citing and referencing information used. There is no official manual of the Harvard style; there are many variants of this style which follow the author-date convention, including the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Chicago Manual of Style. This UQ Harvard guide is based on the 6th edition of the Style manual for authors, editors and printers (Snooks & Co., 2002).

Note: Before you create your list of references, check with your lecturer or tutor for the bibliographic style preferred by the School. 

Keep in mind the following points:

  • Write down all the citation details of a source as you use it.
  • Place single quotation marks ' ...' around a direct quote. Include page number(s) when quoting directly.
  • Insert brief citations at the appropriate places in the text of your document.
  • Compile a reference list at the end of the document that includes full details of all references cited.

Other resources

Snooks & Co, 2002, Style manual for authors, editors and printers, 6th ed., John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Qld.