The University standard guide is to reference in the Harvard style but different styles of referencing are used in different disciplines. Please use the style advised by your department or ask your supervisor or librarian for guidance.

Harvard Referencing Guide

Referencing is the process of acknowledging other people’s work when you have used it in your assignment or research. It allows the reader to locate your source material as quickly and easily as possible so that they can read these sources themselves and verify the validity of your arguments. Referencing provides the link between what you write and the evidence on which it is based (Pears and Shields, 2016).

This text is the University standard guide for Harvard Referencing:

Pears, R. A and Shields, G. (2016) Cite them right: the essential referencing guide. 10th edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

It is stocked in the Bookshop and the Library as a print copy, and accessible online here:

Cite Them Right Harvard referencing online: on and off campus access


Sample Reference List (Bibliography) in Harvard style:

BBC (2009) Young resent ‘negative images'. Available at:  (Accessed: 10 July 2009).

Cameron, S. (2009) The business student's handbook: skills for study and employment. 5th edn. Harlow: Financial Times Prentice Hall.

Department of Health (2008) Health inequalities: progress and next steps. Available at: (Accessed: 18 June 2010).

Department of Health (2015) The NHS Constitution. Available at: (Accessed: 26 October 2018). 

Fisher, A. (2011) Critical thinking: an introduction. 2nd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (2013) Report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry. Available at: (Accessed: 27 March 2017).

Grix, J., and Watkins, G. (2010). Information skills: finding and using the right resources. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Mavrommati, G., Bithas, K. and Panayiotidis, P. (2013) ‘Operationalizing sustainability in urban coastal systems: a system dynamics analysis’, Water Research, 47 (20) pp. 7235-7250.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2008) The code: standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives. London: Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Pears, R. A and Shields, G. (2016) Cite them right: the essential referencing guide. 10th edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Thomas, G., Martin, R., and Riggio, R. (2013) ‘Leading groups: Leadership as a group process.’ Group Processes and Intergroup Relations GPIR, 16(1), pp.3-16.


Referencing software

Referencing software can help you to organise your references, and automatically insert references into your written work. You can find out more about referencing software on our Online Academic Skills page.

Academic Integrity

Please watch this video for an introduction to academic integrity and avoiding plagiarism

Referencing Subject Guides


Biosciences further referencing guide

Health Sciences

Health Sciences further referencing guidelines (159.52KB - Requires Adobe Reader)

(Surrey Business School including Accountancy and Finance, Hospitality and Tourism)

Referencing for Management Students (1688.57KB - Requires Adobe Reader)


Follow the guidelines from The Veterinary Journal. Click the link below and then choose 'referencing'.

The Veterinary Journal referencing guidelines

Referencing Tutorials


APA referencing tutorial


OSCOLA referencing tutorial

Where we are

University Library, George Edwards Building,  University of Surrey,  Guildford,  Surrey GU2 7XH,  United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1483 689235 F: +44 (0)1483 689500

More contact details
Back to top

Page Owner: cg0016
Page Created: Wednesday 17 September 2014 09:37:28 by cg0016
Last Modified: Friday 26 October 2018 15:01:59 by cb0052
Expiry Date: Thursday 17 December 2015 09:36:58
Assembly date: Wed Nov 28 12:05:47 GMT 2018
Content ID: 132141
Revision: 54
Community: 1308

Rhythmyx folder: //Sites/ (NEW)/learning/informationskills
Content type: rx:Generic