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Leeds Harvard: Comment (online)

Reference examples

Family name, INITIAL(S) (or online identity name of the commenter). Year. Comment on: original author's Family name, Initial. Title of article. Newspaper title. [Online]. Comment posted on date. [Date accessed]. Available from: URL

Reference the person making the comment, but also state that it is a comment on the original author's name and article title.  You should give the blog or newspaper title, followed by the full date of the comment.


CaptainFlack. 2015. Comment on: Latcham, T. Now you have heard of Bournemouth, and we diehard fans really do care. Guardian. [Online]. Comment posted on 29 April 2015. [Accessed 30 April 2017]. 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.

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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