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Harvard Reference Generator

Reference Books, E-mails, Journals, Websites and more in the Harvard Style

This tool allows you to use simple forms to generate references in the standard Harvard style. You can then copy these into your bibliography section. [Read More...]

About The Harvard Referencing Tool

If you're a student and have ever had to write reports, essays or a thesis, you will have had to reference the sources of information you have used. If you mention something that someone else has written/published, you need to give them credit by referencing their work.

The Harvard Referencing System is one of the preferred layouts for these references. It is a relatively strict way of arranging the bibliographical information.

This Harvard Reference Generator tool takes in the raw information - things like author, title, year of publication - and creates the reference in the correct form.

You can then highlight and copy this into the bibliography section of your report - arranging them alphabetically by authors' surnames.

You then reference this next to the relevant section within the main text of your essay in the format (Author, Year) such as (Smith, 1983).

e.g. The arms race between Bees and Wasps has escalated in recent decades, and many now suggest a full-scale war is inevitable (Benson, 2021).

If you are citing more than one work from the same author in the same year, you add a letter to the year to differentiate them (not the first one, though)

e.g. (Smith, 2021) (Smith, 2021b) (Smith, 2021c).

Please note: The Harvard Referencing format originated at Harvard University, but other institutions adopted it. However, many developed their own variants of the Harvard formatting with different rules. You should always check to ensure you are abiding by the correct regulations as laid down by the institution you are submitting to.