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Reference examples

Instagram profile

Use the year of when the Instagram profile was last updated. For example, if a profile was created in 2008 but last updated with new content in 2019, use 2019 as the year.

Family name, INITIAL(S) (or organisation). Year. Author name profile page. [Instagram]. [Date accessed]. Available from: URL

Guardian. 2019. The Guardian’s profile. [Instagram]. [Accessed 10 June 2019]. Available from:

Instagram post

If the post does not have a title, you can use the text of the post as a title. If a post is longer than 20 words, write the first 20 words and then use […] to indicate that extra words have been omitted.

Family name, INITIAL(S) (or organisation). Year. Title of post. [Instagram]. Date posted. [Date accessed]. Available from: URL

Obama, B. 2016. Checkups are covered under Obamacare. Check out your options and #GetCovered today. Link in profile. [Instagram]. 25 January. [Accessed 5 April 2019]. Available from:

BBC Sport. 2019. #Osaka. [Instagram]. 29 March. [Accessed 4 April 2019]. Available from:

@itsnicethat. 2018. In @dantezaballa’s film, My Trip to Japan, the animator creates a morphing visual voyage which transitions through memories from Tokyo […]. [Instagram]. 17 December. [Accessed 10 June 2019]. Available from:


Citation examples

Author and date

When the author name is not mentioned in the text, the citation consists of the author’s name and the year of publication in brackets.


It was emphasised that citations in the text should be consistent (Jones, 2017).

If you have already named the author in the text, only the publication year needs to be mentioned in brackets.


Jones (2017) emphasised that citations in the text should be consistent.

Three or more authors

If a source has three or more authors, the name of the first author should be given, followed by the phrase "et al."


It was emphasised that citations in a text should be consistent (Jones et al., 2017).

Jones et al. (2017) emphasised that citations in a text should be consistent.


Leeds Harvard does not use ibid to refer to previously cited items. If you are citing the same item twice in a row (i.e. you do not cite any other items in the text between the two citations) you must write the full citation again.


Jones et al. (2017) emphasised that citations in a text should be consistent and argued that referencing is a key part of academic integrity. Furthermore, having a broad range of references in a text is an indicator of the breadth of a scholar's reading and research (Jones et al., 2017).

Corporate author

If the item is produced by an organisation, treat the organisation as a "corporate author". This means you can use the name of the organisation instead of that of an individual author. This includes government departments, universities or companies. Cite the corporate author in the text the same way as you would an individual author.


According to a recent report, flu jabs are as important as travel vaccines (Department of Health, 2017).

Common issues

When you're referencing with Leeds Harvard you may come across issues with missing details, multiple authors, edited books, references to another author's work or online items, to name a few. Here are some tips on how to deal with some common issues when using Leeds Harvard.

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