University Of Bedfordshire Harvard Referencing

University Of Bedfordshire Harvard Referencing

Referencing is the way of showing that you have used the ideas of other people in your work. This includes things which you have read in books and journals or looked at online.

Why do you have to reference?

  • At university level you need to read and understand the ideas of other people. Referencing is a way of proving you have done this. It will make your work look scholarly.
  • Referencing enables you and your readers to trace useful material again.
  • Providing full references helps you avoid accusations of plagiarism. If you do not reference ideas which are not your own you are committing an academic offence.

It would be unfortunate lose marks for lack of (or poor) referencing. On the other hand a clearly referenced piece of work will demonstrate that you have researched your topic well. Think of referencing as a positive tool; it is a way of making your work look professional and improving your grades. It truly need not be difficult.


Using the correct referencing system


Are you using the the correct referencing system for your course?

Your course will have decided what referencing scheme they want you to use in your assignments.

It is essential that you consult your course or unit handbook and follow the guidelines given by your tutor regarding the correct referencing system for that unit.

If you haven’t got a copy of your course or unit handbook then you can check on your Subject Community on BREO or talk to your course or unit leader

The examples given in this guide follow the UoB Harvard referencing system (which some courses use).  DO NOT automatically assume that you should follow the examples given in this guide.  A few guides to other references systems are available here.

It is your responsibility to check what scheme you should be using in your assignments

Failure to follow the correct guidelines could result in you losing marks for your assignment.

This guide uses the UoB-Harvard system. Always consult your unit handbook or tutor to make sure you are using the correct system for the unit. Some subjects use other systems.