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Political Perspectives uses the Harvard referencing system. In this system, references in the body of the text are placed between parentheses and contain the last name of the author (with initial only if you refer to different authors who happen to have the same last name), a comma and the year of publication (suffixed with ‘a’ or ‘b’ or ‘c’ if that author has published in the same year more than one piece of work which you want to refer to), and then a colon and the pages to which you are referring. For example: (Smith, 1994: 35-6).

  • If you refer to more than one work at the same time, enclose all the references within the same parentheses and separate each reference from the next by a semi-colon. For example: (Smith, 1994: 35-6; Webb, 1995: 301).
  • References in the bibliography should be listed alphabetically by the author’s name(s). The name of the author is followed by his or her initials, a full stop and then the date of publication. The entry then continues with different formats depending upon whether the contribution is a book, an article or a chapter in an edited collection. For example:

Books:

Johannsen, R. W. 1973. Stephen A. Douglas. New York: Oxford University Press.

Trundle, R. C. Jr. 1994. Ancient Greek Philosophy. Aldershot: Avebury.

Journal articles:

Webb, P. D. 1995. “Are British Political Parties in Decline?,” Party Politics 1: 299-322.

Agassi, J. 1998. “Knowledge Personal or Social,” Philosophy of the Social Sciences 28 (4): 522-51.

Chapters in an edited volume/collection:

Dunleavy, P. 1994. “The Political Parties,” in P. Dunleavy, A. Gamble, I.

Holliday, and G. Peele, eds., Developments in British Politics 4th edition. London: Macmillan, pp. 123-53.

Edwards, P. 1998. “The Future of Ethics,” in Oliver Leaman, ed., The Future of Philosophy. London: Routledge, pp. 41-61.

Internet sources:

Parrott, S. 1998. “Welfare Recipients Who Find Jobs: What Do We Know about Their Employment and Earnings?,” http://www.cbpp.org/11-16-98wel.htm, pp. 1-43. Accessed June 4, 2005

When Bibliography lists more than one source for the same author from same year:

Bowler, S, and D. Farrell. 1995a. “A British PR Election Testing STV with London’s Voters,” Representation, 32, pp. 90-94.

Bowler, S, and D. Farrell. 1995b. “The Organizing of the European Parliament: Committees, Specialization, and Coordination,” British Journal of Political Science, 25, pp. 219-43.

Towell, P. 1995a, “Rebellious House Republicans Help Crush Defence Bill,” Congressional Quarterly, 30 Sept., pp. 3013-16.

Towell, P. 1995b, “Congress Clears Defence Bill,” Congressional Quarterly, 18 Nov., p. 3550.