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Harvard Referencing Guide


This is the new Southern Cross University Harvard referencing guide. There are many style changes which have been incorporated into the guide.

Access the old Harvard Referencing Guide
All changes to the new guide have come from the Australian Government Style Manual, which replaces the Style manual for authors, editors and printers 2002, 6th edn. revised by Snooks & Co.
Please download the summary document below to view the main changes to Harvard.

What is referencing?

Referencing, or citing, acknowledges the sources of information you have used to complete your assignments and is an essential component of academic writing. 

You are required to reference any information, ideas or data that are not your own, including when you have:

  • quoted another author, word for word
  • paraphrased or summarised information
  • defined terms
  • used tables, statistics or diagrams from a source
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Components of Harvard referencing style

Harvard style is an author-date referencing system. It has two components:

  1. In-text citation (Author date) (Author date:page number) - entry that appears in the body of your paper when you express the ideas of a researcher or author using your own words, or if a direct quote including a page number/ range.
  2. The reference list - a list containing the full bibliographic details of all the sources cited in your work, usually placed at the end of the document. Entries in the reference list are in alphabetical order by author names.

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