A guide to Hardard Referencing in Word 2007

A simple guide to adding “Harvard referencing” citations

As an Open University student I’ve had to get to grips with Harvard referencing. Coming from an IT/business background this was very unfamiliar to me, I’m more used to including hypertext links within the body of my documents. One day when I was using Microsoft Word 2007 (MS-Word) to write one of my assignments, I came across the “Citations and Bibliography” option.


At first glance, I thought this had solved my problem but Microsoft does not include the Harvard referencing standard by default when MS-Word is installed. I did a quick Google search and came across the “BibWord” website which includes many referencing styles, including Harvard, that can be downloaded and added into MS-Word.

This step by step guide shows how to download and install Harvard referencing, I hope that it will be useful to other students.

  • Download styles.zip from the BibWord website.
  • If you’re using a recent version of windows, right click on the styles.zip file and use the option to extract its contents to a folder*. Extract the files into your office bibliography folder.

    This is likely to be in one of the following locations.
    C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice12BibliographyStyle
    C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft OfficeOffice12BibliographyStyle

    You may be prompted with a warning that access is denied to the destination folder. Click continue when prompted with the warning shown below.

    * The exact option that you are given to extract files will vary depending on whether you have installed WinZip or are relying on windows to unzip files for you.

  • Once you’ve done this, the option for inserting a Harvard reference will have been added to your “Citations and Bibliography” tab in the References “ribbon”.


Author: Richard Bishop