Harvard Reference Generator

This free online Harvard Reference generator will assist when referencing your coursework. Referencing an article correctly when using other authors work is essential. This reference generator creates  the correct layout order for you to copy and paste into your reference list.

Primarily you must cite the author within the text:

Citation style within text

Harvard style: author, date system (Butler, 2011)

Whichever system chosen, it is important that you are consistent throughout your article. Any research taken from any source must be referenced whether directly quoted or paraphrased.  To link the information you use in your text to its source, put the author’s name and the year of  publication at the appropriate point in your text. If the author’s name does not appear in your writing, put the author’s surname and only the date in brackets.

As an example:

One Author

If the author’s name is Brian Murphy, use the surname Murphy and the date published cited in the text.

e.g. Level premiums are paid for the duration of the contract. Endowment premiums tend to be more expensive than for whole of life policies (Murphy, 2009).

For a full factsheet on how to reference each research medium Contact Us and we will send you a copy.

Reference

When you have cited correctly within the text, then you must use the extended information to compile your reference list. Use the on-line tool based on the data medium used:

Book/Corporate author

Please refer to the notes below for input guidance.

Author:
Title of Book:
Year of Publication:
Place of Publication:
Publisher:
Edition:
Pages
Refference:
Click generate to generate reference

How to use the Harvard generator

  1. Input the authors name: surname, followed by their initial/s e.g. Butler, M
    If it is a corporate author state the organisation
  2. Input the title of the book/title of report
  3. Input the year of publication. This can be found in the inside sleeve of the book/report e.g. 2012
  4. Input the place of publication. This can be found in the inside sleeve of the book/report e.g. London
  5. Input the publisher’s name e.g. Bloomsbury
  6. Click on the dropdown menu for edition number. If it is the first edition, the generator will leave the space blank. All editions greater than the 1st edition will be shown. For corporate authors there may not be an edition, press 1st edition.
  7. Input the page number (e.g. p.21) where the information has been sourced. Only use this section if the material was utilised word for word and has been cited in the text. Otherwise leave this section blank by pressing the space bar
  8. Click generate, then copy and paste the result to your bibliography

Journal/newspaper article

Please refer to the notes below for input guidance.

Author:
Title of Article:
Title of Journal:
Volume:
Year of Publication:
Part:
Pages:
Refference:
Click generate to generate reference

How to use the Harvard generator

  1. Input the authors name: surname, followed by their initial/s e.g. Butler, M
  2. Input the title of the article
  3. Input the title of the journal/name of newspaper
  4. Input the volume number e.g. 9, it is usually noted on the front cover or title page of the journal. If it is a newspaper please input the date e.g 27th March
  5. Input the year of publication
  6. Input the issue number, this may also be a season (e.g. Winter issue). This can be found on the first page of the journal. If is it a newspaper press space bar (to leave blank, BUT remember to remove the () when pasted).
  7. Input the page number where the information has been sourced e.g. p.21, if it is a range of pages input pp. followed by the pages e.g. pp.21-22
  8. Click generate, then copy and paste the result to your bibliography. If referencing a newspaper please manually remove the () once generated and pasted to your document (see fact sheet for example).

Website

Please refer to the notes below for input guidance.

Author:
Article Title:
Type of medium:
Year of Publication:
Full URL:
Date You Last Visited:
Refference:
Click generate to generate reference

How to use the Harvard generator

  1. Input the authors name or source: surname, followed by their initial/s e.g. Butler, M or HMRC
  2. Input the title of the article
  3. Input the type of medium e.g. online
  4. Input the year of publication, do not get confused with today’s date that very often appears on websites. If no date is visible input n.d. (no date)
  5. Input the FULL URL address, copy and paste from your browser e.g. http://clarityft.co.uk/harvard-reference-generator/website/
  6. Input the actual date you accessed the site. Make sure you record this when using the data as very often material can change on a web site e.g. 1st May 2011
  7. Click generate, then copy and paste the result to your bibliography

The full reference list should come at the end of your work on a separate page. The list of references must be arranged alphabetically by author, and then chronologically (if the same author).