Answered By: Jodie Hannis
Last Updated: Aug 15, 2014     Views: 685

The Harvard system, also known as 'Author/Date', is a widely used way of referencing the citations you include in your work in order to acknowledge the work of others and avoid plagiarism.

Ideas or quotes from authors other than yourself are indicated by placing the authors name and the year of publication of the source you've used in brackets where appropriate e.g. (Potter 2014). The reference is then expanded in your bibliography to include the full details of the source you've cited.

The University has published some useful information on the Harvard system here though it should be stressed that many different styles are used. You should consult your course handbook for the exact style preferred by your department or speak with the tutor who has set your assignment.

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