How to Reference Your Sources Using Harvard Referencing

The information sources that are used in the research projects are necessary. The Harvard style is used for this purpose in some of the universities. The APA citation of the sources could be done in two types-

  1. In-text Citing

Sometimes the fragments of work are cited directly from the text. The in-text citing is used in the cases where the quotes are used or the paraphrasing is been done. This type of citation would have the source at the end of the line quoted or at the beginning of the sentence.

For example- “After that, I lived like a young rajah in all the capitals of Europe…” (Fitzgerald 2004).

Or According to Fitzgerald (2004), “After that, I lived like a young rajah in all the capitals of Europe…”

2. Reference Lists

The reference list is the detailed information of the sources that are used in the text. The use of a reference list is to have the readers find the sources all by themselves. This part should necessarily have some components like-

  • Authors’ name
  • Publication year
  • Title
  • Publishers
  • City publisher
  • Pages used

Format of the Reference List

The format of the source citing in the reference list is “Last name, First Initial. (Year published). Title. City: Publisher, Page(s).” The citation must be listed in alphabetical order. If the same writer is used for a number of citations then the year of publication of those papers would be considered for the list-making. The Harvard referencing may vary according to the university styles. This is the reason that there are a number of citation types of Harvard referencing generator other than the standard one. The reference list citation type in books, journals, articles, and websites is different. These different forms of sources and their reference style examples are given below.


One Author: Patterson, J., 2005. Maximum ride. New York: Little, Brown.

Two or Three Authors: Desikan, S. and Ramesh, G., 2006. Software testing. Bangalore, India: Dorling Kindersley, p.156.

More than Three Authors: Vermaat, M., Sebok, S., Freund, S., Campbell, J. and Frydenberg, M., 2014. Discovering computers. Boston: Cengage Learning, pp.446-448


Dismuke, C., and Egede, L., 2015. The Impact of Cognitive, Social, and Physical Limitations on Income in Community-Dwelling Adults With Chronic Medical and Mental Disorders. Global Journal of Health Science, 7(5), pp. 183-195.


Messer, L., 2015. ‘Fancy Nancy’ Optioned by Disney Junior. [online] ABC News. Available at: [Accessed 31 Mar. 2015].


Harris, E., 2015. For Special-Needs Students, Custom Furniture Out of Schoolhouse Scraps. New York Times, [online] p.A20. Available at: [Accessed 17 Apr. 2015].


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