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: 

Further help

There are a number of online reference management products which can help you to manage your references and to create formatted work and a bibliography. The library provides support for RefWorks. For assistance with RefWorks please visit our RefWorks help pages.

The Academic Development Tutors within the Learning Development Centres provide support and advice on referencing. Visit the Learning Development Centres webpages for contact details and information on their services.