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Harvard Style

This guide shows how to use the Harvard style of referencing

Referencing Visual Media

  • Figures include charts, graphs, drawings, photographs and other kinds of illustrations.
  • Images are a type of figure. They are visual depictions—e.g., photographs or computer-generated graphics.
  • Tables present numerical values/data or text in columns and rows.


At times the distinction between figures and tables can be unclear. Remember, tables are almost always displayed in column-row format. Any other illustration is referred to as a figure.


Number all tables sequentially as you refer to them in the text (Table 1, Table 2, etc.), likewise for figures (Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.).