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Study skills (Learning Development)

Referencing and plagiarism

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.

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 by clicking on the image to the right.

Harvard Referencing Handbook
APA Referencing Handbook
OSCOLA Referencing Handbook
IEEE Referencing Handbook
MHRA Referencing Handbook
Vancouver Referencing Handbook

Harvard Referencing: The Basics