Guide to Harvard Referencing
This guide has been produced by the ASU in response to questions from Business School students about the important subject of accurate referencing. It is essential for you to reference your work thoroughly because everything you write for the Business School is 'evidenced' - your discussion and arguments should consist mainly of academic theory and 'expert' practitioner experience. These two main sources (theory and practice) MUST be referenced throughout your writing. Readers must be able to see which words are your own words and what sources you have used as evidence to back up your assertions. Good referencing is ESSENTIAL because:
1) Your tutor must be able to check your source.
2) Other readers might want to follow up your work.
3) Your tutor needs to see if you are reading and understanding course material and book lists.
4) If you do not reference, you can be accused of stealing the work and ideas of others, and this is the serious offence of Plagiarism.
The UH Business School uses the Harvard referencing system. ASU have produced a 'standardised' version from the many different variations of Harvard that are available because it is important to be consistent with all your references. ASU worked with IH consultants to produce this standard referencing format for the Business School. Harvard is a modern 'author-date' system and should not be used in the same document with the older footnote system ('historical' system) which contains numbers in the text and footnotes. The complete reference consists of two parts: an in-text citation and a final reference in the list of References, which has the following order:
HARVARD BASIC ORDER OF INFORMATION
Harvard is an 'AUTHOR DATE' system, and (if known), you must record the information in this order:
Author (Year) Title. Place of publication: Name of publisher.
If you do not have any part of the information, you will have to leave it out or indicate you do...