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Last Updated: Mar 31, 2016 URL: http://libguides.bournemouth.ac.uk/bu-referencing-harvard-style Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Purpose of this guide

  • This online guide recommends how to cite and reference according to BU’s version of the Harvard style for the 2015-16 academic year starting in September 2015.
  • Use the links on the left, the tabs above, or you may use the PDF version of this guide (tab above).
  • There is no single authority that defines the 'Harvard' referencing style.
  • You should also check Faculty / Unit / Dissertation Handbooks where you may find further information and / or you may receive further instruction from Academic Staff.

Who should use this guide

  • The majority of courses at BU require you to use the Harvard system of referencing, except law and psychology courses.
  • Law students should follow the BU Guide to Citing UK & EU Law References.
  • Psychology students should follow APA.
  • If you are writing for external publication please follow author guidelines issued to you by your publisher.

Why you need to reference

  • When writing a piece of work, you need to indicate in the text where you have referred to sources written or produced by others.
  • Consistency and accuracy of referencing is important to verify quotations, and enable readers to follow up and read cited author’s arguments.
  • Referencing is necessary to avoid plagiarism which is a serious offence against University rules.
  • You should follow the examples in this guide every time you cite and reference.

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