How to cite a website in Harvard

Harvard website citation

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

  1. Author(s) of the website: Give the last name and initials (e. g. Watson, J.) of up to three authors with the last name preceded by 'and'. For four authors or more include the first name followed by et al., unless your institution requires referencing of all named authors.
  2. Year of publication: Give the year in round brackets.
  3. Title of the website: Give the title as presented in the source. Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalized.
  4. URL: Give the full URL of the web page including the protocol (http:// or https://).
  5. Date of access: Give the day month and year.

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

Author(s) of the website (Year of publication) Title of the website. Available at: URL (Accessed: Date of access).

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


A website by one author

Mitzewich, J. (2007) Food Wishes. Available at: (Accessed: 3 December 2016).

A popular website without a specific author

HelloGiggles: A Positive Community for Women (2011) Available at: (Accessed: 15 June 2016).

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