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How to cite a non-government report in Harvard UoB format

A non-governmental report might include items such as a company annual report and the author is often the company name or the body issuing the document. Non-government reports can have also have individuals as named authors.

For example :

In text citation:

Citing a direct quote:

"There were 14.3m pay-TV subscriptions in the UK in December 2011" (British Telecom plc 2012, p13)

In text citation

Paraphrasing from a report:

BT is becoming increasingly interested in sport sponsorship (British Telecom plc, 2012)

Reference List

The elements which should be included in your bibliography/reference list are:

(i) Name of company, organisation or individual author

(ii) Year of publication (in round brackets)

(iii) Title (in italics) 

(iv) Available at:

(v) (accessed date)


British Telecom plc (2012) Annual Report. Available at: ( accessed 14 July 2013 )

If you were consulting the print version you might also name the place of publication and publisher. The publisher is likely to be the company name in the case of an annual report :

British Telecom plc (2012) Annual Report. London: BT plc

This guide uses the UoB-Harvard system. Always consult your unit handbook or tutor to make sure you are using the correct system for the unit. Some subjects use other systems.
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A Guide to Referencing» Non-government reports