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Referencing with Harvard: Government / Official publications

Government / Official Publication

To be made up of:

  • Name of government department or committee.
  • Year of publication (in round brackets).
  • Title (in italics).
  • Place of pulication: publisher.
  • Series or paper number (in brackets) - if applicable.
If online, add:
  • Available at: URL.
  • (Accessed: date).

In-text citation:

In 2011, the UK government published a report on helping small firms start to grow and prosper (Great Britain. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, 2011, p.3).  

Reference list:

Great Britain. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. (2011). Bigger, better business: Helping small firms start, grow and prosper. Available at: (Accessed: 21 June 2013).

Referencing Guides

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