What is Leeds referencing?

Leeds referencing, or Leeds Harvard referencing, is a variation of the Harvard style specific to Leeds University. With countless variations of the Harvard referencing system out there, it’s crucial that you stick to the style recommended by your academic institution. If you’re a Leeds University student then make sure you follow the Leeds version when referencing sources in your work since it will be marked using this guidance.

The specifics of the Leeds referencing system can be found in the Leeds University referencing guides, which are available to download from The University Library website.

How to Leeds reference

The Leeds University Harvard referencing system requires both in-text citations and a bibliography.

Information for the in-text citation is kept to a minimum with the author’s surname and date of publication all that’s required. Full publication details must be included in the bibliography at the end, which you alphabetise by the author.

For Harvard referencing in the Leeds style, author names and the first word of titles should be capitalised. If there are more than two authors you should write “et al”. You need to italicise the whole title for all sources consulted.

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Leeds referencing example

In-text example:

(Cottrell, 2013)

Bibliography example:

Cottrell, S. 2013. The study skills handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.