You need to learn how to reference accurately in order to acknowledge your sources and to demonstrate that your writing is based on evidence. There are two parts to referencing:
- in-text citations – this is what you include within your writing. The in-text citation gives very limited information eg (Cottrell, 2015)
- reference list – this appears at the end of your assignment. Your reference list gives the full details of your sources, in a specific order and format.
Different styles of referencing use different formats for both in-text citations and reference lists. You need to learn which referencing style is used by your subject area – this will be the style included in the ‘How to reference’ tab of your subject libguide.
The most frequently used referencing style is Harvard. At Teesside, the Harvard style is taken from Cite them Right. If you follow the guidance in Cite them Right, your referencing will be correct.
Introduction to Harvard referencing:
Help for referencing
You can improve your referencing in a number of ways through the Learning Hub.
- Read our guidance or view our online tutorial on this page. They both go through the basics of referencing, and explain how to create in-text citations and a reference list, using the Harvard style.
- Go to the ‘How to reference’ tab of your subject libguide – it will give you examples in the appropriate referencing style for your subject
- Use Cite them Right online
- Drop in to the Learning Hub with your questions
- Come along to one of our Succeed@Tees workshops – either ‘Harvard referencing’ or ‘How to use references’
- Use software such as Refworks to help you
- Book a one-to-one tutorial with a learning advisor or with a librarian