# Getting Harvard style with natbib

I'd really like to have a custom bibliography which matches the Harvard style shown in the photo attached. I heard that Agsm achieved something similar. Is this the case?

• I think you should look into the makebst utility, which is part of the custom-bib package. Open a command window, type latex makebst, and follow the menu-driven system through of a lot of questions, each with multiple choices. At the end of the process, you'll have a bespoke bibliography style file which implements all of your formatting needs.
– Mico
Sep 27 '19 at 18:43
• You wrote, "I heard that Agsm achieved something similar." Well, did you give it a try? What did you learn?
– Mico
Sep 27 '19 at 18:45

I heard that agsm achieve[s] something similar. Is this the case?

I guess the answer to your question depends on what you mean by "similar".

Consider the following screenshot, generated with the natbib citation management package and the agsm bibliography style. (See further below for the code that gives rise to the screenshot.)

I can spot at least five [5] discrepancies between what agsm produces and what you say you must achieve in terms of formatting the citation call-outs and bibliographic entries:

• The "et al." in the citation call-out produced by agsm is not in italics.

• The agsm style does not employ an "Oxford comma" in the name list.

• The agsm style does not insert a comma after the name of the journal.

• The agsm style renders the volume number in bold.

• The agsm style fails to provide a "pp." string before the page range.

And all this just for an entry of type @article. Incidentally, if I hadn't added the instruction \setcitestyle{aysep={,}}, two additional discrepancies would occur.

No telling which discrepancies might show up with entries of type @book, @techreport, @incollection, @misc, and @unpublished, to name just a few alternative entry types.

This is why I suggested in an earlier comment that if you must adhere to the formatting guidelines you showed in your posting, you should give very serious thought to running the makebst utility and creating a bespoke bibliography style that incorporates all of your required formatting requirements from the get-go.

\RequirePackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents}{mybib.bib}
@article{norrie-etal:2012,
author  = "Caroline Norrie and John Hammond and
Lynda D'Avray and Valentina Collington
and Jan Fook",
title   = "Doing it Differently? {A} Review of
Literature on Teaching Reflective Practice
across Health and Social Care Professions",
journal = "Reflective Practice",
year    = 2012,
volume  = 13,
number  = 4,
pages   = "565-578",
}
\end{filecontents}

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{har2nat}
\setcitestyle{aysep={,}}
\bibliographystyle{agsm}

\begin{document}
\citep{norrie-etal:2012}
\bibliography{mybib}
\end{document}