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Leeds Harvard: Foreign language material

Reference examples

Reference the exact text used, in the same style as you would reference English language material.

Family name, INITIAL(S). Year. Title. Place of publication: Publisher.


Foucault, M. 1971. L'archéologie du savoir. Paris: NRF/Gallimard.

When referencing foreign language material where the information is written using another alphabet, such as Japanese, you should transliterate (not translate) the details into the English alphabet. You only need to put the transliteration in your reference list.

鷲田清一. 2007. 京都の平熱 : 哲学者の都市案内. 東京: 講談社.

Washida, K. 2007. Kyōto no heinetsu: tetsugakusha no toshi annai. Tōkyō: Kōdansha.


See also Translated material

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.

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).

When to include page numbers

You should include page numbers in your citation if you quote directly from the text, paraphrase specific ideas or explanations, or use an image, diagram, table, etc. from a source.


"It was emphasised that citations in a text should be consistent" (Jones, 2017, p.24).

When referencing a single page, you should use p. For a range of pages, use pp.


p.7 or pp.20-29.

If the page numbers are in Roman numerals, do not include p. before them.


(Amis, 1958, iv)

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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