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LSBU Harvard Referencing: Government Departmental report

Best Practice tips

If the Department has a long title, to save on words use the full title in your first intext citation, and abbreviate it thereafter. E.g. Department for Culture, Media and Sport (2016) (referenced as DCMS (2016) hereafter)

For further guidance on referencing online sources, see General guidelines for referencing online resources

Format of the reference

You will need:

  • Name of the author(s) or name of government department
  • Year of publication
  • Title of the report
  • Web address
  • Date accessed



Author’s surname, Initials. or Name of government department (Year of publication) Title of the report. Available from: [Accessed day month year].


Department for Culture, Media and Sport (2016) Libraries deliver: ambition for public libraries in England 2016 to 2021. Available from: [Accessed 22 June 2019]

In-text citation: (Department for Culture Media and Sport, 2016)




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