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MHS Library | How to cite and reference your sources (Monash University)

Harvard Contents

Harvard Referencing Guide

Harvard Referencing Guide
Monash University 2012

Unlike many referencing styles, there is no source document for a Harvard Guide. This guide is based on Commonwealth of Australia 2002, Style Manual for authors, editors and printers, 6th edn, rev. by Snooks & Co, John Wiley & Sons, Australia, Milton; and a wide range of online Harvard Guides were also consulted.

In addition to this Library Guide there is also a PDF version of the Monash online Harvard Guide.


  • A table of contents, which can be used as a quick guide on each page
  • examples of in-text citing for each source type
  • basic explanations of key terms and symbols used in referencing
  • more comprehensive coverage of source types
  • rules for page numbers at the top of each page
  • notes included with individual examples where relevant, highlighting details that may be overlooked
  • tips for figures, tables and musical notation at Appendix A
  • a quick guide for referencing articles at Appendix B
  • a quick guide to in-text referencing at Appendix C
  • a sample reference list at Appendix D


I gratefully acknowledge the hard work of the team members involved in this project:
Janet McGarry
Seth Paddle
Cassandra Freeman
Anne Melles
Kate Mallard
Sue Little
Jackie Weylan
Thank you all for your solutions to referencing dilemmas and for your professionalism.
I also wish to thank the students, library staff and academic staff who offered feedback as the guide was being trialled. Your comments were greatly valued.
Irene O’Leary
Project coordinator
June 2012