Roadmap to Referencing

for use with Harvard-UniSA Style referencing


Journal article

: Accessed via a Library database

Description: A journal article accessed via a Library database


  • Types of journal articles accessed via a Library database include those which are in PDF or HTML format.
  • When an article is accessed using an electronic database via the Library website, reference it as a standard journal article (see 'Journal article' in the Print section): do not include date viewed, URL, or refer to the database.
  • Page numbers are not always available in online documents. Include them where available.
  • If you are referencing a supplement, add ‘suppl.’ after the article title followed by the letter/number in question, for example:
    • Smith, B 2007, 'The effect of caffeine on sleep', suppl. B, Journal of Sleep, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. S3-S6.
  • When no volume or issue details are provided for the journal but the month of publication is (e.g. February, May), write the month in place of volume/issue details.
  • If the article is missing a volume, issue and pages numbers you can include the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) instead.

In-text citation

Format and layout:
Author's family name (year, page number if applicable)
(Author's family name year, page number if applicable)
Boon (2011) examines...
...potent subtext (Boon 2011, p. 181).

Reference List / Bibliography

Format and layout:
Author's family name, Initial(s) year, 'Title of article', Title of Journal, vol. x, no. x, pp. x–xx.
Boon, KA 2011, 'Ethics and capitalism in the screenplays of David Mamet', Literature Film Quarterly, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 174–189.
Dunlap, A & Delpech-Ramey, J 2010, 'Grotesque normals: Cronenberg's recent men and women', Discourse, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 321–337.
Florido, D, Roca, B & Molina, JL 2013, 'Tightening the screws: autonomy, collective action, and violence in Puerto Real during the second shipbuilding restructuring', Anthropological Quarterly, vol. 86, no. 3, pp. 891–921.
Johnston, R, Jones, K, Burgess, SM, Propper, C, Sarker, R & Bolster, A 2004, 'Scale, factor analyses, and neighbourhood effects', Geographical Analysis, vol. 36, no. 4, pp. 350–368.
Rowe, A 2013, 'Designing for engagement in mixed reality experiences that combine projection mapping and camera-based interaction', Digital Creativity, DOI: 10.1080/14626268.2013.835737.