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Indigenous Studies Guide: Referencing

College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society

CDU Harvard

CDU Harvard Referencing Style Guide (February 2021)

What does Harvard style look like?

CDU Harvard Sample Essay


CDU Library develops the CDU Harvard Referencing Style Guide and provides guidance on its use.

The Harvard Style is an author-date style.  There is no definitive guide or standard to Harvard referencing and you may come across many different styles or ways of using the Harvard or author-date system. 

We update the guide every year so check the date to make sure you have the latest edition. If you believe you have found an error or wish to clarify how to reference an item contact us via

If you are using EndNote make sure you download the cdu_harvard_2021 style



How do I reference properly?

When you find material to use for essays and assignments you must reference (cite) it correctly. Whilst studying at CDU you are expected to write to an acceptable academic level. You will need to develop skills displaying academic integrity, which means being honest about your ideas and sources. Referencing, when done correctly acknowledges the work of others and will prevent you from accusations of intellectual theft and plagiarism.

There are many referencing styles (APA, CDU Harvard etc): ensure you know the style required for your course.  The library has examples of how to reference books, articles, web sites etc for the the different referencing styles.

It allows the reader to follow an idea, using the details provided, to locate the original publication. This could be because the reader is interested in the topic or because they wish to verify the details of the quotation, making sure the author hasn't been taken out of context.

See the CDU Library tab on Plagiarism. This provides links to CDU policies regarding plagiarism and some resources to help you avoid it.

What details do I need?

It's important to familiarise yourself with the required referencing style early.  This is so you know what details to record from the material you find so that you can actually reference it.  You can download a template here to help you record the required details.

Always check with your lecturer which style you should use, as they may have their own preferences on which style you should use.

Referencing at University

Cat Capers Adventures in Academic Integrity

Additonal referencing assistance

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