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Harvard Style

This guide shows how to use the Harvard style of referencing

Examples of Annotations using Harvard Style

The Harvard style of referencing does not provide any specific direction for preparing an annotated bibliography. The following is one possible format. It is recommended that you consult with your lecturer for more specific guidelines on how to present the annotated bibliography.


Example of a Descriptive Annotation (Harvard style)



Example of an Evaluative Annotation (Harvard Style)


Below is an example of an annotation in Harvard style. The superscript numbers at the end of the sentence explain the features or elements covered.




1 Full citation

2 Aim and scope of the research

3 Brief summary of methods (where appropriate)

4 Summary of findings

5 Author’s main contention/ argument

6 Limitations for your study

7 Usefulness for your research and reflection on how it will be applied.