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LSBU Harvard Referencing: App

Best Practice tips

The app version is like an edition for a book. To find the version, go to your device’s Settings, find the app in the app list, go into the app’s settings.

Format of the reference

You will need:

  • Name of the author(s) or originator, or the corporate author if ascertainable otherwise use the title
  • Year of publication, or year of release
  • Title of the app
  • Version number
  • Download location
  • Date downloaded



Originator/author’s surname, Initials or Corporate author if ascertainable otherwise use the title. (Year or release date). Title of app [Mobile app]. Version number. Available from: Download location  [Downloaded day month year].


NHS Choices (2017) Change4life smart recipes [Mobile app]. Version 2.1.2. Available from: iTunes [Downloaded 28 May 2019]

In-text citation: (NHS Choices, 2017)

Mobile app reference


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