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Harvard Style Guide: Personal communications

This guide explains how to use the Harvard Style. It includes a short tutorial.

Personal communications

Reference: Sender/speaker/author, Initials. (Year) Medium of communication with/to Receiver of communication, Day Month.

Example 1: Hennessey, T. (2015) Conversation with Margaret Cosgrave, 28 December.

Example 2: Hennessey, T (2015) Email to Margaret Cosgrave, 25 June.


  • Author Last name (Year)
  • (Author Last name, Year)


  • According to Hennessey (2015)
  • As has been argued (Hennessey, 2015)


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