Learner Support - Study Skills
The Harvard referencing system
By including references in an assignment you are showing where your information has come from. This is important as it allows the reader (eg your tutor) to see the sources you are using and also to follow them up for themselves if they want. It can also avoid the problems of plagiarism.
Assignments for some courses, eg PTLLS and CTLLS, are required to use the Harvard referencing system to give the reader the information they need to find for themselves all the quotations and references used within an assignment.
Here is a straightforward explanation of how to apply the Harvard referencing system from the University of Huddersfield .
The Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning has produced an interactive guide to using the Harvard referencing system which is ideal as a reminder of what to do for different types of source material.