What is UCA Harvard referencing?

UCA Harvard referencing is a system used by academics at the University for the Creative Arts. Its purpose is to show where theories, facts and ideas are taken from other sources to help contribute to a paper or research piece. It also shows the reader how strongly the paper is based on research and helps them to find the authors whose works have contributed to the piece.

As a variation of the common Harvard style of referencing, UCA referencing uses the parenthetical style. This is where a citation is used in the text and a full reference is shown at the end of the paper in the bibliography. In this format, the reader can see the where the information has been sourced whilst reading and refer to the full reference for more information if needed.

How to UCA Harvard reference

Citing within the text in UCA Harvard format can be done in two ways. The standard format shows the author’s name followed by the year of publication in brackets at the end of the sentence. However, when the author’s name appears in the text, only the year of publication appears within the brackets.

The full reference is shown at the end of the publication in an alphabetical list by author surname. The full reference contains all the information the reader needs to find the original source of the information or theory. The reference is shown in a variety of formats depending on the source type, but the basic format used for a book with one author is shown below.

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UCA Harvard referencing example

In-text example:

(Cottrell, 2013)

Bibliography example:

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