Referencing is a key aspect of academic writing. This practical guide contains advice and examples to help you use your department's referencing style correctly.
A key aspect of academic writing is using referencing to clearly identify information and ideas in your writing that come from source materials. It's essential to acknowledge other people's ideas in this way so that you can avoid plagiarism.
Various referencing styles are used in different academic disciplines, but all referencing styles have two key components:
It's very important that you format your citations and reference list correctly. See the relevant style guide for more detail and examples of citations and references.
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Using source information effectively isn't just about accurate citing and referencing (although that is a necessity!), it's also about selecting relevant evidence and integrating it into your argument. Find out more in our dedicated guide:
Keeping track of your sources can be difficult, especially if you're working on a big piece of work that relies on a lot of references.
Reference management software is really useful to organise your sources: you can group and tag sources, keep notes, and store PDFs online for easy access. You can even automatically cite your references as you write up your work.
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Firstly, you'll need to know which reference style is used in your department. This might be specified in your course materials, or you can check the list below.
Then use the relevant guide for your referencing style to help you cite and reference sources correctly. In each guide you'll find:
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