University of Derby Harvard Referencing

University of Derby Harvard Referencing

Citing and referencing

University of Derby Harvard Referencing, If you use someone else’s thoughts, words or ideas in your work you must acknowledge this by providing a brief citation in the text and a more detailed bibliographic description of the item you used to gain information e.g. author, title, date and place of publication, publisher at the end of your work in a Reference List or Bibliography. If you do not acknowledge these sources you may be accused of plagiarism which is a serious academic offence.

Citations and references are also important in order to:

  • acknowledge the source of your information, ideas and arguments
  • differentiate between your own opinions and the views of those who have greater knowledge and wider experience of the given subject
  • substantiate the knowledge, theories and discussions that you present in your work
  • show that you have researched your material, and that the ideas that you present have been considered in the light of documented material on the subject
  • demonstrate that you have read a wide range of sources

To find out more about the Harvard, OSCOLA, APA and MLA referencing systems please see the online resource Cite them right online. There are also print copies of Cite Them Right in stock in all the University libraries. To check availability please refer to the library catalogue. Please note that the online version is updated more frequently than the printed version.

Advice on citing and referencing and how to avoid plagiarism can also be found in PLATO (PLAgiarism Teaching Online)

For further information about using third party copyright material in your thesis please see the Copyright for Students guide

Managing your references

You might find it helpful to start using reference management software to collect, organise and store your references, particularly for your thesis. With reference management software you can also add your own notes to references, attach files (PDFs, word documents) to references and insert references in to Microsoft Word documents.

The university has a subscription to EndNote which is available through Web of Knowledge. To get access go to Web of Knowledge and then click on My Tools on the menu bar at the top of the screen and then the link to EndNote. Please be aware that you will not have access to EndNote once you have graduated, so you will need to ensure that you export your references to one of the free reference management tools listed below if you want to continue to use the references that you have gathered.