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The Easiest Harvard Format Citation Generator for Journal Article

How much time do you allocate on dealing with citing after you have finished your paper? An hour, two, five? If you are experienced in writing papers, you know that it can take a significant amount of time to insert all of your in-text citations, do references for each of them and then compile it all in a reference list or a bibliography.

We offer you to skip the boring part and focus on your research instead. By using this free Harvard journal article citation generator, you will save a tremendous amount of time and will be able to allocate more of it on other, more important parts – like editing or proofreading.

Learning to optimize your efforts and save time where it could be saved – all while making sure the quality of your work never suffers – is an important skill for every student. The sooner you master it, the better.

Finding out how to spend less time on citing is right on the surface – and if you are not doing it yet, you’d better start ASAP.

What a Harvard style citation for journal article includes

Also called parenthetical, the Harvard citation system includes two parts – in-text citations and references.

  • In-text citations are designed to provide a quick reference while reading
  • References are used to provide detailed information about a source you have used

Like any other style, Harvard suggests that different pieces of information should be included for different types of sources. While published books and articles need a physical location of publishing (usually the city) and the name of the publisher, online sources are supplemented with their URLs, DOIs and “last accessed” dates. This helps readers understand what kind of research you did and which editions of sources were used in your work.

A Harvard in-text journal citation

A Harvard in-text journal citation doesn’t differ from in-text citations used for other sources. Since the primary purpose is to give a brief reference, the in-text citation includes only the author’s name and the date when the article was published. The rest of the information – the journal’s title, issue, etc. – is saved for the reference.

If the article doesn’t have an explicit author, you are free to provide the title of the journal instead.

If you include the author’s name in the text (e.g. Smith summarizes…), you will need to include only the date of publishing after such name (e.g. Smith (2007) believe that…)

In the case of a direct quotation, the in-text citation is placed at the end in parenthesis.

The in-text citation will be generated by our tool automatically along with the reference.

References in the Harvard style

References are intended to provide detailed information about the article that you have used. This information includes:

  • Title of the journal
  • Title of the article
  • Pages in the journal
  • Issue number
  • Volume number
  • DOI

The format used by our tool to generate a Harvard style citation for journal article is as follows:

Author’s name(s). (Year of publishing). The title of the article. The title of the journal. Volume number (issue number), pages.

In case it’s an online article that you are citing, two more attributes will be added. The first one is DOI – Digital Object Identifier. This is a unique number assigned to articles published online, usually found at the beginning. In case the article doesn’t have a DOI assigned to it, you can use its URL.

The second one is the date of last access.

There are also some changes made for pre-print articles – those that are already available online but have not yet passed peer review and weren’t officially published.

In case you use such articles, insert the phrase “Submitted to” before the title of the journal and [Preprint] after it.  Also, there will be no volume or issue number, or pages provided for preprint articles.

Formatting your reference list and bibliography

When all of the references and in-text citations are done, you only have to compile them in a reference list or a bibliography. The reference list will include sources that you quoted in your paper, which means they will have in-text citations pointing at them. In a bibliography, however, you reference sources that you consulted but haven’t quoted.

In both cases, place your references in the alphabetical order by the author’s or editor’s name. When you reference several works by the same author, start from the most recently published to the last.

Make sure you haven’t missed any work that was cited, or it might entail plagiarism-related consequences.

How to use this free generator

No more time to lose – start saving time on your citations now! Using our Harvard format citation generator for journal article is fast, easy and free. You will have to take the following few steps:

  • Select the appropriate source and style (Journal and Harvard respectively)
  • Submit all of the required information. Alas, we can’t help you here – you will need to collect such information yourself. Click on “More fields” to provide additional information.
  • Click on “Generate”

And your citations and references will be generated in a matter of seconds! At that, we can guarantee that:

  • Using our tool will not take you more than a few seconds – provided you have all of the information you need about the sources you have used
  • The latest appropriate formatting norms will be used for your citations and references, which eliminates even the slightest possibility of a mistake
  • Our generator is available 24/7 – we don’t charge anything even for hundreds of references generated

Don’t waste your precious time on something that can be handled so much faster and with less effort! Being a good student is mostly about thinking of ways to do things faster and more effectively. Our generator is exactly one of those things that can make your life so much easier. Give it a try now – we are sure, you won’t regret it.