Most programmes and modules (except Psychology and Law) will require you to use the Harvard style of referencing.
The Harvard referencing style has many variations. Abertay University has adopted the most widely used version of Harvard, based on the book Cite Them Right, available to borrow from 808.027 PEA. Alternatively, we've produced a quick Harvard Referencing Guide listing the main reference types.
What is referencing?
There are two parts to Harvard referencing:
- the in-text citation, and
- the reference list
- ensure every citation has a matching entry in the reference list
- make sure each reference in your reference list includes all the information needed, in the correct order, and formatted correctly
- if you're making a quotation, always include a page number in your in-text citation
- be consistent in your style
- check the positioning of your in-text citations - is it clear to the reader where an idea has come from?
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