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 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.

Cite Them Right

Cite Them Right will help you to reference just about any source you might need to use and understand how to avoid plagiarism. It also includes a helpful Referencing tutorial to help you develop your skills.

Cite them Right includes extensive guidance as well as examples of the Harvard, APA 7th edition, IEEE, OSCOLA, Vancouver and Chicago referencing styles. To see the correct format, just select the type of source you want to reference and then filter the results by referencing style.

GCU Harvard Referencing Guide

Our Harvard Referencing Guide provides comprehensive guidance and examples for the key types of scholarly and digital information sources you are likely to cite. Our guide is based on the current British Standard (BS ISO 690:2010).

Please note: The Library’s GCU Harvard guide will be withdrawn on the 1st August 2022. The two Harvard styles will run in parallel until the end of the academic year. For 21/22 module leaders can choose which style to follow.

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. For most students this will be GCU Harvard or Cite Them Right, 11th edition - Harvard. If you're not sure which style to use, check your module handbook.

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