Referencing CAPS documents in Harvard style is an essential skill for educators, students, and professionals involved in the educational sector in South Africa. This guide provides a straightforward approach to accurately citing these documents in your academic work, ensuring your references are clear and consistent.

Understanding the Importance of Accurate Referencing

Accurate referencing of CAPS documents is crucial for several reasons:

  • Ensures academic integrity by giving credit to the original source of information.
  • Allows readers to locate the original sources easily if they wish to explore them further.
  • Avoids plagiarism by acknowledging the Department of Basic Education‘s efforts in creating these resources.

Components of a Harvard Reference

When referencing a CAPS document, the Harvard style requires specific information in a set order. The basic components include:

  • Author: The entity that produced the document.
  • Year of publication: When the document was published or released.
  • Title of the document: Including any subtitles, italicized.
  • Publisher: The organization that issued the document.
  • Place of publication: The location where the publisher is based.

Examples of Referencing CAPS Documents

Here are examples of how to reference different CAPS documents in Harvard style:

  • For a general CAPS document:
    • Department of Basic Education. (2011). Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS). Pretoria: Department of Basic Education.
  • For a specific subject within CAPS:
    • Department of Basic Education. (2011). Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS): Mathematics Grade 10-12. Pretoria: Department of Basic Education.
  • For CAPS documents with specific editions or revisions:
    • Department of Basic Education. (2013). Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) Revision: English First Additional Language Grade 4-6, Second Edition. Pretoria: Department of Basic Education.

Tips for Accurate Harvard Referencing of CAPS Documents

To ensure your references are accurate and follow the Harvard style correctly, keep these tips in mind:

  • Italicize the title of the CAPS document to differentiate it from the rest of the reference.
  • Ensure the year of publication is correct and corresponds to the version of the CAPS document you used.
  • Double-check the spelling of the Department of Basic Education to avoid any errors.
  • Capitalize only the first word of the title and any proper nouns; all other words should be in lowercase unless they are part of a proper noun.

By following these guidelines, you can accurately reference CAPS documents in Harvard style, contributing to the clarity and credibility of your academic work.

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