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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.

Your Academic Subject Librarian can provide support and guidance with referencing.  In addition to this, there is lots of support material available. 

Find out which referencing style your school uses

There are lots of different referencing styles so it is important that you find out which one your school uses.  To help with understanding referencing styles the library has produced six referencing handbooks. PDF versions of these are available below.

Harvard Referencing Handbook

MHRA Referencing Handbook

APA Referencing Handbook

IEEE Referencing Handbook

OSCOLA Referencing Handbook

Vancouver Referencing Handbook


The library offers workshops and webinars on some of the referencing styles used at the university. In addition to this, the library subscribes to two reference management tools that help you manage your references.  Some of these sessions have been recorded and can be viewed by clicking on the images below.  Use the arrows to scroll through the different topics covered.

An introduction to Harvard Referencing
Overview of the changes introduced in the 7th edition of APA
An introduction to MHRA referencing
An introduction to RefWorks
An introduction to EndNote