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Referencing: General Guidance

WHY CITE REFERENCES?
Correct referencing is an essential component of academic writing. Referencing correctly shows that you have conducted relevant and thorough research. Referencing incorrectly can count as plagiarism.

BASIC TERMS

  • Citation - a specific resource mentioned in the body of a document
  • Reference - enough detail about a resource to enable somebody to find the resource themselves
  • Plagiarism - leading your reader to believe someone else’s work has been created by you
  • Bibliography - a list of references at the end of a document
  • Style - the exact way in which references and citations are put into a document


REFERENCING SUPPORT

STYLE GUIDES

Search for available style guides by department:

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In addition, make sure to check out Cite Them Right Online. This is a comprehensive referencing resource which will help you to cite and reference just about any source and to avoid plagiarism.

SOFTWARE

Use reference management software to manage your reference list and bibliography. 

We support the following software:

We can also offer advice on using:

MORE HELP

Visit the Talent Development Centre for workshops and online support, and check out their referencing quick guides.

You can also contact your Subject Librarian for help with referencing. 

Pick up a book on referencing from one of our libraries