Referencing shows the breadth of your research and provides details of the sources that you have used to support your arguments and conclusions. By acknowledging the sources used in the preparation of your work, you will also avoid plagiarism.

There are multiple referencing systems and styles used across the university so please check your module handbook or speak to your tutor to clarify which you should use. When you have identified the appropriate referencing system you should consistently follow it. Listed below are some of the main referencing systems used within the university: 

Using reference management software

Reference management software helps you to keep track of your research, create bibliographies or reference lists and share these with others. There are many different reference management products available, free and paid for.

GCU library subscribes to and provides support for RefWorks.

Main features of RefWorks
  • Enables you to import references from most online databases and organise these using folders, and create bibliographies for use in your research.
  • RefWorks Quick Cite and the RCM add in for Word allow you to add citations, footnotes and bibliographies to the essay or article as you are writing.
  • Save to RefWorks imports a website directly from the browser as a reference.

The RefWorks pages on our website include help with setting up a RefWorks account and learning how to use RefWorks.

Please note: When generating a bibliography or reference list using RefWorks, make sure you choose the output style GCU Harvard.

For further help with using RefWorks come to a library drop-in or contact a librarian.