Reference machine:  A Newspaper or Magazine Article in Harvard style

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On this page: How to do a bibliographic reference for a newspaper or magazine article in Harvard style.

Related pages: Referencing, Reference Machines for in-text citation, a book, an article in a journal, an edited book or an Internet reference.

Example (Move your mouse over the words to see an explanation):

Chapel, C. (2003), "Speak and write better with a click or a course", South China Morning Post, January 25, p.16.

Fill in the boxes, and then press the 'Create Reference' button:

  1. Main author's family name: ->   e.g. Wong (Help )

    If there is no author, click here.

  2. Main author's initials: e.g. W.M. (Help)

    If there is a second author, fill in points 3. and 4. If there is only one author, go on to number 7.

  3. Second author's family name: e.g. Chan (Help)
  4. Second author's initials: e.g. K.K. (Help)

    If there is a third author, fill in points 5. and 6. If there are only two authors, go on to number 7.
  5. Third author's family name: e.g. Fu (Help)
  6. Third author's initials: e.g. W.M.(Help)
  7. What year was it published? e.g.
  8. Name of the newspaper or magazine:  e.g. Time
  9. Title of the story or article. Use a capital letter for the first letter of the first word. If there is a sub-title, use a capital letter for the first letter of the first word of the sub-title.


  10. Page numbers of the words you are referring to: e.g. 27, 1-5, or 1,6,9
  11. What month was it published?
  12. What date was it published?
  13. Click here for your reference:

    Click this button to make a new reference:


Author's Family Name Help:

If you can't find an author's name, for example in a newspaper or magazine, use the title of the newspaper or magazine.

Do not use 'et al.' in bibliographies: quote the names of all the authors and/or editors.

If you don't know which name is the family name and which are the other names:

  1. Look at the pages in the front of the book for the Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. If you see the author's name with a comma after the first word, then that first word is the author's family name.
  2. Use the library catalogue to search for the title of the book, then look for the author's name.
  3. Search for the book at or Barnes and Noble, find the book by its title, then look for the author's family name.
  4. Check the list of other names.
  5. If you can't find the information in the sources above, use all of the name.

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Author's Initials Help

The author's initials are the first letters of each of the author's family names. For example, if the author is Wong Wai Man, then the initials are W. M.

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Last updated on: Friday, August 19, 2016