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Copyright and plagiarism for corporate writers: Giving adequate information about sources

The Harvard style

There are many citation styles, including Harvard, Chicago, MLA and APA.

The most important thing is to acknowledge authorship, giving sufficient information to identify the item.

You can think of publication or distribution of an item as an EVENT. Something, by someone, was placed in the public arena, with rights attached, in the year of publication. A Harvard citation specifies WHO (WHEN) WHAT WHERE

The details to put in the footnote, endnote or bibliography will always include the following information. What follows is a variation on the Harvard style. Once you know the pattern, you will be able to construct an adequate citation for any information you find and use.

If you don't know who took personal responsibility for the information, you may be able to list a corporate author.








Author/s (Publication year)

Identifying title

Publisher, Place of publication

Book chapter


Author/s (Publication year)

Identifying title

Editor/s, Work title, Publisher, Place of publication, page range

Journal article


Author/s (Publication year)

Identifying title

Journal name, Volume (Issue) Issue date, page range

Web page or file


Author/s (Year last updated if known, else year viewed)

Identifying title

Available: Web address http://....

Date accessed: Calendar date

Subject Guide

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