Referencing shows off the wide range of reading you have done, and helps you to avoid plagiarism.
Referencing is an essential part of academic study. Different subjects use different systems. Whichever system your subject requires, the key is to be consistent and make sure your reader can trace everything you reference.
Cite Them Right tells you the basics of referencing, including a tutorial and a glossary. For Harvard, it also gives examples of how to reference just about any source from books and articles to films and podcasts.
There are lots of referencing tools to help you. One of the simplest is ZoteroBib. It helps you quickly create a reference list in any citation style. Many students also use Mendeley or Zotero, tools that can help you store and manage what you read and create reference lists for your assignments.
You can find our books, ebooks and articles on Library Search.
Most modules have resource lists which link to items chosen by your lecturers.
Our videos can help you find a book or ebook on our catalogue, work out shelf marks, and use an ebook.
Most courses will want you to use journal articles (video: 2:31) and original research in second year and beyond. We have a really good range of journals at Worcester: learn how to find them (video: 2:39) on Library Search.
It’s vital to use good quality information in your assignments: your understanding and conclusions need to be based on reliable sources. Learn how to evaluate the sources you find.
Need help with writing? The Language Centre and the Writers in Residence can help with planning, structure, grammar and academic argument. These ebooks will also give you lots of advice and guidance on how to get the best grades in your writing.
Our Academic Liaison Librarians give specialist guidance in your subject area. Email your librarians for advice.
Our subject guides offer a large range of databases and websites to help you with your studies.