Harvard Style Reference Generator
Referencing a Website or Electronic Report
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About This Tool
If you're a student and have ever had to write Reports, Essays or a Thesis, you will have had to reference what you have used in your report. If you mention something that someone else has written, you need to give them credit for their work.
The Harvard Referencing System is one of the preferred layouts for these references. It is a relatively strict way of arranging the bibliographical information.
This tool takes in the raw information - author, title, year of publication - and creates the reference in the correct form.
You can then highlight and copy this into the bibliography section of your report.
You then reference this next to the relevant section within your essay in the format (Author, Year) such as (Smith, 2005).
e.g. The arms race between Bees and Wasps has escalated in recent decades, and many now suggest a full-scale war is inevitable (Benson, 2013).
Why have a Bibliography in an Essay or Report?
A Bibliography is a list of the books (or other sources of information) that you consulted when writing an essay, report, thesis or dissertation.
When doing research, we very rarely come up with our own theories. These take time to develop, and involve putting them out for debate. By researching the theories of others, we include ideas in our works that have already gone through that academic testing.
However, you have to be aware that you are using someone else's work for your own benefit. You will get the marks, but the author of the ideas may have put in decades of research to come up with the concepts.
Therefore, you need to ensure that you reference your sources - essentially giving credit to the person whom you are citing.
Identify the passage of the document to cite. Get "at least" the name of the pope who wrote the document, title of the document, publication date -- and for endnotes or in-text citations, get the paragraph or section number. Honorific titles such as "Pope" are not used, so Pope John Paul II would be cited as "John Paul II." Alternate forms of citing popes: could also be listed as either "Catholic Church"; or "Catholic Church, & Francis".For an in text citation, put in the Latin name of the Document and paragraph number – e.g., to cite the first paragraph in the section on "Eternal Newness" in Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium - paragraph 11: The in-text citation is: (Evangelii Gaudium, §11) - Try Neil's Toolbox link below - a free online bibliography generator just dealing with the Harvard Style...