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Skills at Library Essentials

Guides to search skills and using library research resources

Workshop calendar

We run workshops throughout the year on many of the topics covered in this guide and more. Take a look at what we have coming up and book your place to learn more about improving your search skills. 

University of Essex Online students

If you are a University of Essex Online student and would like support with referencing, contact

Your style guides can be found from the drop-down menu under 'University of Essex Online'.

Finding your department's referencing style

You need to reference all information sources you use. To do this, you just need to insert a citation in your text and then expand on this in a footnote or full reference list at the end of your work. The exact way you need to do this depends on your referencing style.

Finding your referencing style

Each department of the University uses a particular referencing style. Use the menu below to find out which referencing style your department uses. You'll find each department listed alphabetically, with the referencing style given in brackets. 

Once you've found your department and style, click the link to be taken to guidance for your style!

Getting help

There are several places you can find help with understanding referencing.

  • Watch our introductory videos for each of the referencing styles
  • 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.
  • Visit CareerHub to find details of upcoming workshops that target your referencing skills.
  • Pick up a book on referencing from one of our libraries.
  • Have a go at our online tutorial that guides you through referencing a book and a journal article.

Link to referencing tutorial