Harvard Referencing: Lecture notes

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Basic format to reference lecture notes

The basics of a Reference List entry for lecture notes:

  • Author or authors. The surname is followed by first initials.
  • Year.
  • Title (in italics).
  • Description of format.
  • Unit name and Unit code.
  • University.
  • Date lecture was delivered.


Thomas, B 2010, Security and controls, lecture notes, Systems Design BCO3144, Victoria University, delivered 2 September 2010.


Note: Not all lecturers allow the use of referencing their lecture/slide material. Please check with them first.

Referencing lecture notes: Examples

Material Type In-Text Example Reference List Examples

Lecture Notes

Direct quote


'IIegal or unauthorised access to information does not leave a theft record' (Thomas 2010).

Thomas, B 2010, Security and controls, lecture notes, Systems Design BCO3144 Victoria University, delivered 2 September 2010.

Lecture notes obtained from an online source (such as VU Collaborate or E-reserve) are referenced as shown in the example above.

Lecture Recording

Indirect quote

Patient ratios were highlighted in a recent lecture (Ryan 2010)...

Ryan, R 2010, Week 4: Nurse patient relationships & professional boundaries, lecture recording, Frameworks for Nursing Practice HNB1101, Victoria University, delivered 23 March 2010.