Harvard Reference List Or Bibliography

This page provides information from the NTNU University Library to help you when you need to use the Harvard style.

Norsk versjon: Bruke referansestilen Harvard

See also "Academic Writing" and Using and citing sources


The Harvard style #

Are you writing a paper for which you need help on using the Harvard style?

The Harvard style is used in the social sciences, technology and natural sciences. Check which reference style your department recommends before you begin writing your paper.

Other styles

  • APA style is used in the social sciences, arts and humanities.
  • Chicago style is used in the social sciences, arts and humanities.
  • Vancouver style is used in medicine and natural science, and sometimes in technology.

Examples of using the Harvard style in a reference list #

Harvard-Examples

The examples show how to write references in-text and in reference lists based on what kind of source you are citing.

Harvard style in English for EndNote #

If you are using EndNote to manage your references, the default Harvard style in EndNote has author names in uppercase (e.g. ARMSTRONG). The NTNU University Library has made its own English NTNU Harvard style in lowercase (e.g. Armstrong).

Download the NTNU Harvard style

Reference list in Harvard style #

When writing a reference list in Harvard style:

  • Arrange the list alphabetically by author’s surname
  • Sort the Swedish letters ä - ö - å like you sort the Norwegian letters æ - ø - å
  • Start the reference list on a new page. Use “Reference list” or “Literature list” as the heading.
  • Include the edition if it is specified in the publication. You need not add the date of printing if this is just a reprint of the current edition. If it is the first edition, do not write the edition.
  • If a reference has more than 3 authors, only write the first author’s surname followed by “et al.

Personal communication in Harvard style #

In the Harvard style, personal communication should not be included in the reference list, if the information cannot be gathered again. Personal communications are conversations, e-mails, phone calls, etc. Remember to ask approval from the partner of the conversation before citing him/her. You

can cite personal communication in the text. You should include the name and title of your conversation partner, the date of communication and the context in which the communication took place.

The Harvard style in-text #

When using the Harvard style in-text, you must remember:

  • If a reference has more than 3 authors, only write the first author’s surname followed by “et al.
  • Multiple publications by the same author published the same year are distinguished by a, b, c etc. after the year: Hansen (1988a) and Hansen (1988b).
  • Multiple publications by different authors are sorted alphabetically by author’s surname. Example: (Hansen, 1988a; Olsen, 2001)
  • When a work has no identifiable author, use the title. Example: (Et enklere og mer rettferdig inntektssystem, 1996)
  • When a work has no identifiable release date, use no date. Example: (Trondheim kunstmuseum, no date). 
  • When using secondary sources, name your source and cite the secondary reference. Example: Johnson and Peters’ studies (1970, as cited in Wagner 1982)…
  • Use page numbers when:
    • it is a direct quote
    • if you use ideas from a specific page/specific pages in a work

References #

Example: Researchers such as Warwick (1992), Taylor and Smith (1994) and King et al. (1997) found that…

Citations #

Direct citations shorter than 2-3 lines are integrated in the text and are clearly marked with quotes. Citations longer than 2-3 lines should be in a separate indented paragraph, without quotes.

Examples:

  • Short citation: “Sitering vil si ordrett gjengivelse av andres arbeider. Da skal det være ordrett, og ikke misbrukt i forhold til den sammenheng sitatet brukes i” (Stene, 1999, p. 125).
  • The name of the author is integrated in the paragraph: Stene (1999, p. 125) defines citation as: “Sitering vil si ordrett gjengivelse av andres arbeider. Da skal det være ordrett, og ikke misbrukt i forhold til den sammenhengen sitatet brukes i”.
  • Source with many authors: “Ved direkte sitater skal henvisningen gi informasjon om forfatter, årstall og sidetall” (Furseth and Everett, 1997, p. 141).

Indirect citation - paraphrases #

A paraphrase is a reformulation of the original text.

Example: Furseth and Everett (1997) maintain that the primary reason behind the use of references and bibliographies is the ideal of research as a collective endeavour. Research should be verifiable, and those reading your work should be able to find those sources your material is based upon.

More on the Harvard style #

There is no official manual for the Harvard style. Information on how you write references in-text and in a reference list with the Harvard style is based on Pears and Shields (2016).

Pears, R. and Shields, G. (2016) Cite them right: the essential referencing guide. 10th ed. London: Palgrave.

Contact #

Knowing the proper term for your paper’s list of citations can be confusing. Do I call it a works cited page? Should it actually be called a bibliography? How is it different from a reference list? In this article, we explain what these three terms mean and how they are different or related to one another.

To begin, each citation style has its own way of naming the list of sources you used in your paper. Here we break down the differences in these list types, so that you can better understand which option works best for your work.

Works Cited

A “Works Cited” list is an alphabetical list of works cited, or sources you specifically called out while composing your paper. All works that you have quoted or paraphrased should be included. Works Cited is generally used when citing sources using MLA format (Modern Language Association) style, and sources should be listed in alphabetical order by author’s last name.

Example Works Cited entry:

Middlekauff, Robert. The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution. Oxford UP, 2007.

References or “Reference List”

A “Reference List” is very similar to a Works Cited list, and is a term used when citing sources using APA format (American Psychological Association) style. The page should be titled “References,” and is arranged alphabetically by author last name.

Example References entry:

Middlekauff, R. (2007). The glorious cause: The American Revolution. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Bibliography

Bibliographies, on the other hand, differ greatly from Works Cited and References lists. In Works Cited and References, you only list items you have actually referred to and cited in your paper. A Bibliography, meanwhile, lists all the material you have consulted in preparing your essay, whether you have actually referred to and cited the work or not. This includes all sources that you have used in order to do any research. Bibliographies are often used in Chicago and Turabian citation styles. They usually contain a long reference that has a corresponding footnote within the body of the paper.

Example Bibliography entry:

Middlekauff, Robert. The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2007.

 

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