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Harvard Citation Style

How to Cite in Harvard Style

The following online guide and quick guide to Harvard Citations are from Anglia Ruskin University - East Anglia, United Kingdom:

What is Harvard Style?

Also called "Author-Date References," Harvard Citation Style can be confusing since there is no official connection to Harvard University.  It's another name for the custom of using author and date in parentheses, for example (Robbins 1987) in the text to refer to full citations in bibliographies. Some faculty at Harvard were among the first to use this system in the late 1800s, and the name stuck, particularly in England.

(See for further reading and history)

How do I Cite the Library's Databases? 

Some citation guides ask you to provide a URL for certain resources. The URL for each of the library's databases can be found on our Alphabetical list of databases page.

Writing Center

Visit the Webster University Writing Center for online help with citation and writing or to schedule an appointment with a writing coach.   Students outside of the St. Louis area should use the Online Writing Center for writing assistance.