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General Guidelines For Writing A Successful Harvard Style Dissertation

The Harvard style referencing system is the one most frequently adopted by colleges and universities both in the United States and United Kingdom. Referencing your work reduces the risk of plagiarism and makes it easier for the reader to be able to go back to your source. Like most things in life, Harvard or the Author & Date system as it is also known is easy to follow once you know how. The internet provides a lot of opportunities for students to take shortcuts. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Some would argue that it makes sense and is prudent to make use of all available tools. There are several Harvard Style Reference Generators readily available. I am not going to recommend any in particular as I haven’t conducted a detailed test of them. I would simply advise you to make sure that any generator that you do use, fully meets your needs. Some time spent fully getting to grips with the Harvard style yourself, may ultimately reap more rewards and be more beneficial than any quick fix.

I hope that my general guidelines for writing a successful Harvard style dissertation will make the process a little simpler and less stressful for you.

Always adhere to the basics

If you don’t start by putting the basics in place in your dissertation structure, then you are simply setting yourself up to fail. Don’t try and take shortcuts. These basic points, if followed to the letter will not only save you time in the long run, but will also serve as useful breadcrumbs that will stand you in good stead.

  • In-text guidelines in your examples should be preceded by citations in the text of your dissertation.
  • You must be ready and prepared to provide a bibliography at the end of your dissertation. This means keeping a comprehensive record of your citations as you go. Failure to do this will result in untold difficulties for you.

Use of Capital Letters

Harvard does not require you to use capital letters when recording author’s names in your text. However, the key is consistency. If you do use them then, you MUST use the same style throughout.

Italics and Underlining

Take your pick but don’t use both. The use of either italics OR underlining is permitted in the title of your information source.