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Referencing in the School of Education

In September 2018 the School of Education moved to APA Referencing. 

Students who started their studies before September 2018 can choose to continue with Harvard referencing or move to APA.

From September 2018- 2020 it was APA 6th edition.

All students moved to APA 7th edition at the start of term 2020. 

(The differences between the 6th and 7th editions is detailed in the 7th edition library guide).

Referencing and Plagiarism

the word reference circled in red


Why should I reference?

Referencing is important in academic writing and an essential part of any of your assignments. It:

  • allows you to acknowledge your sources,
  • gives academic credibility to your work,
  • demonstrates your knowledge of a subject area,
  • prevents accusations of plagiarism.

What is plagiarism?

Definition of plagiarism: the wrongful publication as one's own, of the ideas, or the expression of the ideas of another.


What should I reference?

You should always reference a source when:

  • using a direct quote
  • summarising a theory
  • discussing someone else's opinion
  • using case studies
  • quoting statistics or visual data
  • but not when stating your own opinion, observation or experience.

If you are unsure use this flowchart to check whether you need to reference (click on the image to enlarge).

 The flowchart of 'Should I cite?'



RefWorks is referencing software which allows you to:

  • store references
  • organise references
  • generate citations
  • generate reference lists
  • share references

It's available to all staff and students, click here to log in.


To find out more about RefWorks view the comprehensive online help or contact your Academic Subject Librarian.