University of Essex Referencing

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University of Essex Referencing

University of Essex Referencing

Referencing guides

  • The APA style

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    The APA Style was developed by the American Psychological Association and is a system widely used in the social sciences.

  • The Chicago style

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    The Chicago Style was developed by the Chicago Press and is a system used across the humanities.

  • The IEEE style

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    The IEEE system is used in papers published by the institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and is widely used in the fields of computer science, software development and information technology.

  • The MLA style

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    The MLA system was developed by the Modern Language Association and is used mostly in the humanities.

  • The OSCOLA style

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    OSCOLA is short for ‘Oxford University standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities’ and is used by Law schools across the UK.

Referencing advice

Our one-to-one advisers can give you guidance on referencing your work.

Reference Resources


Essex Online Reference Library (Colchester Public Library)

Anyone who lives, works or studies in Essex can join Colchester Public Library. They have a number of useful electronic resources that you can consult from wherever you connect to the internet. All you will need is your Essex Libraries membership (ELAN) ticket. Useful resources include:

  • Heinemann World Book | Encyclopedia Britannica Library Edition
  • Credo Reference | Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • Dictionary of National Biography | Who’s Who and Who was Who
  • Guardian and Observer archive – 1791 to 2003 | Times Digital Archive | Newsbank
  • Oxford Language Dictionaries | Oxford English Dictionary
  • Oxford Art Online | Oxford Music Online | Oxford Reference Collection
  • World Data Analyst
  • Kompass Worldwide Business Directories | COBRA – Complete Business Reference Advisor
  • Infotrac Newspapers Online | Infotrac Magazines Online

This service is provided by Essex County Council not The University of Essex, we are including this resource on this page to draw attention to other services in the area which may be useful to you for your study and research.



Encyclopedia Britannica (see Colchester Public Library above)

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