Sunday, 10 May 2015

Harvard Referencing by Sara Eaglesfield

What is Harvard Referencing? Referencing is defined by Wikipedia as follows: "Parenthetical referencing, also known as Harvard referencing is a citation style in which partial citations—for example, "(Smith 2010, p. 1)"—are enclosed within parentheses and embedded in the text, either within or after a sentence. They are accompanied by a full, alphabetized list of citations in an end section, usually titled "references", "reference list", "works cited", or "end-text citations". Confused? Well, Harvard Referencing can seem a bit tricky at first. The good news for our students is - help is now at hand.

Our own in-house expert on Harvard Referencing is the very-approachable Sara Eaglesfield of the Learning Development Unit at Bucks. Part of Sara's job is to help our undergraduates get to grips with the requirements of written work at university level. If you missed any of her classes, you can find her videos, titled "The Harvard Half Hour" online at Vimeo.

Why learn this stuff? It's such a pain, and it has nothing to do with animation! Well, yes, but you came to university to get a degree, not just to learn a bunch of software. Harvard Referencing is the basis of all academic writing, that is to say at university.  If you want to pass the academic bits of your degree, you have to master this stuff.

So where can you find the Harvard Half Hour? Follow this link. Or, paste this url into your browser:

But, you say, it's a private video! Where is the password? I'm afraid you'll have to email me ( for that one - it's only for students at Bucks.

The Power Paragraph and The Structure Constructor are also available via the LDU organization on Blackboard. Select the LDU Team, then Sara Eaglesfield > Whistlestop Workshops > Videos.

The password is the same for all the videos.

To see information on the purpose of research here at Bucks, read this article. And for more on inline citations, read this post.

Don't forget that the website will help you to cite pretty much anything, even YouTube videos.

Also, Microsoft Word will automatically dop your referencing for you. All you need do is go to the References tab at the top menu, select Harvard from the drop-down menu, and start work. Word gets you to fill out various fields with all the information (author, date etc) and then Word does the rest for you. 

For more on the experience of studying at Bucks New University, come and visit us at one of our Open Days, take a virtual tour of one of our animation studios, check out what our students think of our course, and see why we're ranked in the top 12 creative universities in the UK. Find out why we're giving free laptops to all our students, and why we give all our students free access to videos at Also, see what financial assistance might be available to you. Learn which is better for animation, a PC or a Mac? Get hold of a copy of a map so you can find your way around campus, and learn aboutmotion capture at Bucks.

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