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hi, how do you reference a conference presentation in harvard UTS style?

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Hi Calida,

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D Litting, 4 years ago

Hi Calida,


One of the elements of referencing is that the thing you are referencing needs to be published in some form, because if its not then the reader won't be able to access it, and thus there isn't much point having a reference list entry, as this is the part of the reference that lets someone else find the material you were using. So if the presentation was filmed, you could treat it as a film. If it was put online you could treat it as a website. If it was a conference paper or proceeding you could treat it like that too... but if it's none of these things you are in a bit of a bind.

There is a form of referencing known as personal communication, in which you'd cite the presentation in the text only. However I'm not sure if it covers this type of incident. However I'll cut and paste the personal communication  part of our referencing guide below for your reference


Personal communications can take a number of forms: conversations, emails, letters, interviews and so on. Records of these are normally kept in a secure location by the researcher and, for reasons of privacy, are not normally available for consultation except under special circumstances (eg by thesis examiners). For this reason it is not normally necessary to refer to personal communications in your reference list.

In the text of your document you should specify the year and the date (day month) when the personal communication took place.

Examples of in-text references:

Jones (1989, pers. comm., 6 May) believed that this was not relevant.

This was confirmed by email (Brown 2008, pers. comm., 3 July).




David @ UTS Library

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