I am writing a 6000 word essay on the economic implications of cryptography and was wondering how to use Harvard referencing on latex as support seems somewhat limited. If the support of Harvard referencing is poor, which referencing system would you advise for the field of computer science? Any further questions, please leave a comment.

  • Have you looked at the harvard package?
    – Chel
    Dec 28, 2011 at 3:44
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    The harvard package is outdated and has generally been replaced by natbib (which is fast being replaced by biblatex).
    – Alan Munn
    Dec 28, 2011 at 4:19
  • Here is an excellent reference for this topic from the Imperial College (London) Library Services. [A Harvard style for use with LaTeX (using natbib) – example ](imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/…)
    – MaduKan
    Mar 11, 2023 at 22:12

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The Harvard style is basically an author-year style; there are various versions of the general style. You have two routes that you can use:


The standard way to do bibliographies with author-year citations is to use the natbib package and any one of the many bibliography styles available for it. A basic Harvard style is the agsm style. Other similar styles are apalike and lsalike. So you would use in you document:


Check the natbib documentation for the relevant citation commands.


You can also use the biblatex package which offers extensive author-year type referencing. An alternative to the basic author-year style is the apa style.

\addbibresource{<your-bib-file.bib>} % note the .bib is required

Check the biblatex documentation for relevant citation commands.

For more information on these two alternatives see:

Another Harvard style is the APA style. For more information on this see:

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    It's interesting that you say ".bib is required", because it's working perfectly without it for me.
    – daviewales
    May 15, 2013 at 11:50

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