University of Derby Referencing

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University of Derby Referencing

University of Derby Referencing, Citing and 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