Queen’s University Belfast Harvard Referencing Generator

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Queen’s University Belfast Harvard Referencing Generator


Reference Generator

Choose a type of source, enter the details into the boxes provided and then click the “Generate Reference” button to generate a correctly formatted reference. When you are ready to create your list, click “Create Sorted List”. You can copy and paste this list, or you can download the list by clicking the icon at the top right of the list.
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When you are writing a piece of work and use someone else’s words or ideas you must reference them.

This means that you need to include detailed information on all sources consulted, both within your text (in-text citations) and at the end of your work (reference list or bibliography).

Another way to understand referencing is to think of an analogy – when you buy designer clothes there is usually a label attached to say who made them; this brand identity is like an author of a book

Why is it important?


  • Is crucial to successful research.
  • Helps the reader to find the original source if they wish.
  • Improves your writing skills
  • Adds authenticity to your argument.
  • Shows that you have read widely.
  • Can help you get better marks.