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Citation Style Handbooks
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition (Print Only)
The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition (Harvard Login)
MLA Handbook, 8th Edition (Print Only)
The Bluebook for Legal Citations
The Bluebook: a uniform system of citation, 20th Edition (Print Only)
Not using any of the above? This University of Maryland Guide provides a comprehensive list of citation styles by discipline.
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Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL)
A great series of guides that help quickly answer citation and writing questions.
Online Resources for APA
Online Resources for MLA
Online Resources for Legal Citations
The Harvard Citation Style, also called the Harvard Referencing System or "Author-date Referencing"
The "Harvard System" is something of a misnomer, as there is no official institutional connection. It's another name for the author/date citation system, the custom of using author and date in parentheses, e.g. (Robbins 1987) to refer readers to the full bibliographic citations in appended bibliographies. Some Harvard faculty were among the first practitioners in the late 19th century, and the name stuck, particularly in England and the Commonwealth countries.
For a full explanation, please see the Wikipedia article for Parenthetical References; History. The definitive scholarly article on the subject is Chernin C. The "Harvard System": a mystery dispelled. British Medical Journal 297:1062-1063, October 22, 1988.
If you're looking for authoritative guidance, there are many excellent sources freely available online, and the Chicago Manual of Style has an excellent chapter on Author-Date Referencing.