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2020 Referencing

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Referencing isn’t just about having full stops and commas in the right places, it helps you show where your ideas come from and make sure you can’t be accused of plagiarism.

When you reference, remember that you need to:

  • Be consistent: use the same referencing style throughout your work
  • Give your reader enough information so they can find the same source you read
  • Fully acknowledge the source you took the idea or quote from

The University of Worcester Assessment Policy (section 6) explains this in more detail.

 

 

Working out which style to use

There are lots of referencing styles and you need to use the right one for your subject. This table shows you which style to use and how to use it.

Subject

Style

Guidance

English Literature

History

Creative Writing

Screenwriting

MHRA

Short guide (August 2019)

Full guidance

 

Law

OSCOLA

Short guide (August 2019)

Full guidance

Physician Associate MSc

Urgent and Acute Adult Care PGCert

FdSc Dental Technician

Vancouver

Short guide (August 2019)

Full guidance (Cite Them Right Online)

 

Psychology

APA

Short guide (August 2020)

Full guidance (7th edition)

APA style blog

All other courses

Harvard (Cite Them Right) 11th edition

Short guide (August 2019)

Full guidance (Cite Them Right Online)

 

 

How to make referencing easier

Cite Them Right is an easy to use tool that helps you format your references correctly. It also has a handy referencing tutorial to help you understand the basics.

You could also try using a reference management tool like Mendeley or Zotero. These are free to use and help you store and organise references to things you’ve read. They also help format your references directly into your essays. Our overview of referencing tools will help you pick the best one for you.