Last Updated: Sep 1, 2015
- 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.
- For 2014-15 academic year resubmissions please use the September 2014 Guide downloadable from the PDF 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.
- 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.
- 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.