Citing newspaper articles in the Harvard citation

Quoting newspaper articles in the Harvard citation method is a good idea if you have the free choice for your bachelor thesis, master thesis or doctorate. Of course he also has his stumbling blocks. One of them we clear out of the way in this article: We show you how to cite newspaper articles in the Harvard citation.

The Harvard citation method is used primarily in the social and natural sciences. But he also enjoys great popularity in other disciplines. It is easy to use and saves space. It is therefore quite possible that your university gives you this citation style. Maybe you decide for yourself.

You should note this when citing in the Harvard citation

Harvard in the text is an author-year scheme. That means you do not need a complete source document in the text. While you always have to add a footnote with reference to the bibliography in the footnote scheme of the German citation method, the author, year of publication and page number suffice in the Harvard citations. The information you write in brackets to the appropriate place in the body text.

Example:

This example shows how to use the Harvard style in your work.

Fig. 1: This example shows how to use the Harvard style in your work. Source: Technical University of Berlin

In this way you can prove both direct and indirect citations. If you are merely paraphrasing a source, you write in front of the quotation “cf.” (compare). In the bibliography at the end of your work, you list all the sources used in alphabetical order (see The Theory 2013: 163). Here you have to do complete bibliographical references, as you know it from other citation techniques and look at the editing and proofreading again and again, whether you also find every entry in the bibliography after Harvard.

So you quote newspaper articles in the Harvard citation in the text

If you want to quote a newspaper article in the Harvard citation, you may wonder what information is now in the text. Must the title or publisher of the journal be visible? Or do you restrict yourself to the author of the article? The latter is correct. You write in parentheses after the cited passage in the text the following: author of the article, year of publication of the newspaper, page number of the article in the booklet.

Example:

So you quote newspaper articles in the Harvard style in the text and in the bibliography.

Fig. 2: So you cite newspaper articles in the Harvard citation in the text and in the bibliography. Source: Examples of a professor at University

You can see well from this example, the great advantage of the Harvard citation ultimately has. The references in the text are limited to the essentials and thus do not disturb the reading flow. Who wants to have more detailed information, then simply look in the bibliography.

Newspaper article in the Harvard citation in the bibliography

Also in the Harvard style in the bibliography there are rules and complete references. These then consist at least of author, title and year of publication and, where appropriate, place and publisher. However, if you cite a newspaper article in the Harvard citation, you also mention the title of the journal in the bibliography.

It is best to proceed according to this scheme:

  • Surname, first name (year): Title of the article, in: Title of the journal, Jg., Nr., Seitenspanne.
  • “Yg.” Stands for the vintage of the newspaper. If it appears several times a year, you give the corresponding number with “No.”