Whether you are undertaking a professional qualification or even a Masters degree, many students don’t fully understand why they need to include references in their dissertations and assessments. It’s not just to make your life difficult, or to make sure that you’re spending hours in the library, there are many important reasons for referencing other people’s research in your work correctly. We’ve put together an interactive Harvard referencing guide to help you cite sources in academic assessments.

Why Referencing is Important

The main reason that referencing is important for both you and your peers, is that plagiarism is a very real and serious accusation, and ensuring that you are acknowledging someone else’s research and ideas reduces the possibility that you could be accused of this. No matter how appealing it may be to try and pass off someone else’s work as your own, don’t do it! If you like their ideas or have something to say about them, then mention them and include an accurate reference.

Another reason for including references in your work is that a lot of people (probably like yourself) have worked long and hard to formulate certain ideas and opinions, and it’s only good manners to give them the credit and recognition that they deserve. Referencing also enables the reader to follow up and locate the original source if they wish to. You are being assessed or marked on what you know, so you need to show how you know that piece of information by referencing the person or people who first came up with it.

There are many different styles of referencing, such as APA, MLA, Chicago and Vancouver, but Harvard referencing is the most commonly used style in the UK and is especially encouraged for use within marketing qualifications.

Interactive Harvard Referencing Guide

Harvard referencing requires students to include two types of citations in their assessment. The first is placing an in-text reference within the main body of work. This is followed up with creating a reference list to state the different sources that have been referred to or quoted in the piece.

Referencing is an area many students find difficult with their assessments. The Oxford College of Marketing has produced an interactive Harvard referencing guide, that includes examples in order to help students understand how to reference their work correctly. It also contains an interactive quiz, to help test student knowledge further.

To access this free interactive Harvard referencing guide, simply click on the image or text below. This will open a pop-up on your screen and you will need to ensure you enable pop-ups in your Internet browser.

Click here to view Harvard Referencing Guide