Harvard Solent style references

Personal Correspondence

Letters & Phone Calls

It is generally accepted that personal communications such as letters and telephone conversations do not need to be included in the final reference list. However, you can refer to them in an assignment and include the full details in your text.



Type of source

Letter

In text reference

As stated in a letter from D. White on 21st July 2007, it is...

Reference list format (if desired)

NAME(S), Year. [Outline of topic discussed] (personal communication, date)

Reference list example 

WHITE, D., 2007. [Letter on the history of education in Southampton] (personal communication, 21 July)

Notes

You should get permission to refer to the communication before using it.

 



Type of source

Telephone conversation

In text reference

J. Brown outlined this idea in a telephone call on 10th August 2008.

Reference list format

NAME(S), Year. [Outline of topic discussed] (personal communication, date)

Reference list example 

BROWN, J., 2008. [Telephone conversation on study skills] (personal communication, 10 August)

Notes

You should get permission to refer to the communication before using it.