Falmouth University Referencing

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Falmouth University Referencing

Referencing is very important at university level as it shows which works you have consulted in preparing and writing your assignments.  There are many different referencing systems in use, but the main one used by Exeter and Falmouth is Harvard. Some courses use MLA or MHRA.

For further information on which referencing style to use, consult your lecturer or student handbook.


The Academic Skills (ASK) team provide expert guidance, and offer individual advice (via appointments and drop-in services). They also produce the following online guides:

  • Guide to Harvard Referencing at Falmouth University
  • MHRA referencing
  • Referencing for Exeter students

The Library offers advice about using the different referencing tools and has a collection of books in the Study Skills section, about how to reference your work.

Referencing Tools

There are many different referencing tools available to you. The official one for Falmouth University is RefWorks and for University of Exeter, it is EndNote. The Library offers support in the use of these, but you may find other tools such as, Zotero or Mendeley suit you better. To help you make an informed choice, take a look at the Comparison tables below and at the individual pages.

General Guides

  • Comparison of Referencing Tools
  • Citing and referencing  – guide on University of Exeter library website, with links to examples from different referencing systems, and a comparison of the different tools.

Referencing Style Books

  • MHRA: Modern Humanities Research Association. MHRA Style Guide: a handbook for authors, editors and writers of theses – book on using MHRA system, available in library
  • MLA: Gibaldi,Joseph. MLA handbook for writers of research papers – comprehensive book on using MLA, available in library.