How to cite a computer program in Harvard

Harvard computer program citation

To cite a computer program in a reference entry in Harvard style include the following elements:

  1. Rightsholder of the computer program: Give the name of the entity or individual that owns the rights of the program. If there is no rightsholder, place the title first.
  2. Year of release: Give the year in round brackets.
  3. Title of the computer program: Give the title in italics, capitalizing all initial letters.
  4. Version: Give the version if available.
  5. Availability: Give the name of the distributor, address or order number if available.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a computer program in Harvard style:

Rightsholder of the computer program (Year of release) Title of the computer program (Version) [Computer Program]. Availability.

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the Harvard style guidelines in action:

Examples

A computer program owned by a company

Biostat (2014) Comprehensive Meta-Analysis (Version 3.3.070) [Computer program]. Biostat, Englewood, NJ.

A computer program owned by a company

TechSmith Corporation (2017) Camtasia Studio (Version 3) [Computer program]. TechSmith, Okemos, MI.

A computer program retrieved online

TechSmith Corporation (2017) Camtasia Studio (Version 3) [Computer program]. Available at: http://www.techsmith.com/download.html(Downloaded: 23 September 2019).

Note: In case the computer program is retrieved online, add 'Available at: URL' and (Downloaded: Date of download) like in the following example.

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