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Help with Referencing: Referencing

Update news: the guide was last updated on 11th Nov 2016.

What changed? 

  • 16/11/2016    A new box on the origins of the APA style was added to the Homepage
  • 11/11/2016   Small change to advice on referencing websites on electronic version of leaflet
  • 10/11/2016   We have added a box on How to reference figures to the APA FAQ tab.

What is referencing?

When you write an assignment or create any piece of academic work, you will be drawing upon information you have read in books, journal articles and other sources. You will be expected to acknowledge these sources through referencing.

Accurate referencing is very important because

  • it provides evidence for your arguments
  • it demonstrates that you have researched or read around the subject which you are writing about
  • it allows any reader of your work to find the original sources you used
  • it shows that you are not passing off someone else's work as your own thoughts

You should reference whenever you use someone else's work in your own work; not only when you quote but also when you paraphrase or summarise someone's ideas.

Never copy and paste information into your work without referencing it. This is plagiarism

You should reference any kind of source of information that you use; books, journal articles, information on the internet, lecture notes, images, TV broadcasts, etc.

APA 6th ed. referencing

Origins of the APA style

You can fnd out more about the origins of the APA style here via the APA style blog.

Bite-size sessions: Easier APA referencing using online tools and apps

Come along to a half hour demo session on easier referencing using online tools and apps to automatically generate your references in APA style. Bring your smart phone / laptop / tablet with you if you want to have a go.

Book onto a session

You need to book a place on a session. Dates and times of sessions are advertised through The Bridge booking page

Sessions at City Campus will take place in Adsetts Library, room 6515 - at the back of The Bridge (above Adsetts cafe). Sessions at Collegiate Campus will take place in Collegiate Library, room C106.


Changes to referencing

From September 2016, the University is adopting the APA 6th ed. referencing style for most courses.  Make sure you know what is required for your course.

Returning students who have previously used Harvard-SHU can use Harvard-SHU or APA referencing for the coming year (2016/2017) but will need to switch to APA for the academic year 2017/2018.

If you are not sure what referencing style to use, check your course documents or check with your course leader in advance of submitting any assessed work.

You may like to watch the short video below to find out what you need to know about the referencing changes as a returning student.

Referencing online resource