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The Coventry University Guide to Referencing in Harvard Style: Reports

How to reference reports

General guidance on referencing reports


If you incorporate information from reports into your text, you must provide both an in-text citation and matching entry in your end List of References. These two components are referenced differently for different types of reports. Click on the relevant tab above to see examples.

An printed report


In-text citation

 

Examples

It is essential for dietitians to provide advice on healthy food choices (Department of Health Committee of Dietetics 2006).
The Department of Health Committee of Dietetics (2006) states that it is essential for dietitians to provide advice on healthy food choices.

Components

  • Surname of the author(s) in a list format. If appropriate, use 'et al.'.

N.B. If the report is produced by an organisation, list the name of the organisation as the author (i.e. corporate author).

  • Year the report was published in brackets.

If you are referring to a particular point in the report:

  • A colon.
  • The page number(s) for the information to which you are referring.

List of References entry

 

Example

Department of Health Committee of Dietetics (2006) A Report on Dietary Health no. 41. London: Stationery Office
 

Components

  • Surname and initial(s) of author(s), or name of corporate author.
  • Year in brackets. 
  • Title of the report in italics and title case.
  • Series number if appropriate, then a full stop.
  • Place of publication followed by a colon.
  • Publisher.

An electronic report


In-text citation

 

Examples

NHS England (2015: 8) aimed to improve access to out-of-hours care by March 2017.
Access to out-of-hours care should have improved by March 2017 (NHS England 2015: 8).

Components

  • Surname of the author(s) in a list format. If appropriate, use 'et al.'.

N.B. If the report is produced by an organisation, list the name of the organisation as the author (i.e. corporate author).

  • Year the report was published in brackets.

If you are referring to a particular point in the report:

  • A colon.
  • The page number(s) for the information to which you are referring.

List of References entry

 

Example

NHS England (2015) Delivering the Forward View: NHS planning guidance 2016/17 – 2020/21 [online]
available from <https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/planning-guid-16-17-20-21.pdf> [7 January 2016]

 

Components

  • Surname and initials of author(s), or name of corporate author.
  • Year in brackets. 
  • Title of the report in italics and title case.
  • Series number if appropriate, then 'online' in square brackets.
  • The words 'available from'.
  • Full URL within chevrons, i.e. < >
  • Date of access in sqaure brackets. (See date format above). 
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