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Harvard Style

This guide shows how to use the Harvard style of referencing

Updating your Reference list

If you have updated details in your reference sources or if you have added in more citations since the time you created your reference list or bibliography, you will need to update them using the MS Word toolbar.

  • Click anywhere in your Bibliography and a link to ‘Update Citations and Bibliography’ will appear just above the list
  • Click this Update link


Manually Updating your Reference List

Sometimes you may wish to edit your Reference List to add in extra information or edit the layout in some way. Every time you click 'Update Citations and Bibliography', it will revert back to the original layout, so this process should be done at the end of your assignment.

  • Click anywhere in your Reference list
  • Click the arrow in the top left corner. You will see an option at the bottom of 'Convert bibliography to static text'. When you select this option, you will be able to make whatever changes you like to the Reference list (e.g. add in a URL to a reference for a journal article).
  • Type in whatever changes you wish. Your 'Reference list' is now complete.


  • If you'd like to change back to the original Reference list and add in more sources, you can click 'Update Citations and Bibliography' just above the Reference list and it will revert back to the original layout.