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Referencing

What is Referencing?

Referencing correctly is important to demonstrate how widely you have researched your subject, to show the basis of your argument and conclusions and to avoid plagiarism. This involves noting down the source for any information that you access, recording in a systematic manner where you got the information from.

Why do I need to reference my work?

Correct referencing helps to ensure that you avoid being accused of plagiarism. Most assignments during your time at University will be assessed on the quality of your referencing which will count towards your grade. Referencing also ensures that you can demonstrate how your ideas build upon the research of others. If someone is reading your assignment, they should be able to use your referencing to find the articles you have used in your assignment.

For more information about academic misconduct and how to avoid plagiarism, visit the Students' Union Advice and Support Centre webpages.

Which referencing system should I use?

There are several referencing systems used within the University. Therefore it is very important to check with your school which system they recommend and use the appropriate link below.

Whatever style you use, it is important to be clear, consistent and correct, making sure you include all the relevant details.

Our Librarians are on hand to help you get started so drop-in and find out more about referencing styles.

Referencing Guides

Uni of Wolverhampton Harvard Referencing (Full guide) 2017 Most commonly used referencing style at the University Harvard referencing (Full guide) 2017 (Word doc 1,303k) Harvard referencing (Full guide) 2017 (PDF 710K, Downloads file)
NEW Uni of Wolverhampton Harvard Referencing (Quick guide) 2017 Most commonly used referencing style at the University (Quick guide)
Harvard referencing (Quick guide) 2017 (Word doc 89k) Harvard referencing (Quick guide) 2017 (PDF 274K, Downloads file)
Oxford Referencing (Full guide) 2017 Recommended for law students Oxford referencing (Full guide) 2017 (Word doc 234k) Oxford referencing (Full guide) 2017 (PDF 439K, Downloads file)
NEW Oxford Referencing (Quick guide) 2017 Recommended for law students Oxford referencing (Quick guide) 2017 (Word doc 61k) Oxford referencing (Quick guide) 2017 (PDF 383K, Downloads file)
APA Referencing (Full guide) 2017 Recommended for psychology students APA referencing (Full guide) 2017 (Word doc 233k) APA referencing (Full guide) 2017 (PDF 461K, Downloads file)
NEW APA Referencing (Quick guide) 2017 Recommended for psychology students APA referencing (Quick guide) 2017 (Word doc 99k) APA referencing (Quick guide) 2017 (PDF 285K, Downloads file)
English Subject Style Recommended for English students Please see your Canvas course pages

Workshops

Skills for Learning run a regular programme of workshops covering a range of topics to support your studies. Below are recommended workshops that can help support your skills in referencing and reference management. 

University of Wolverhampton Harvard Referencing

Learn the building blocks of Harvard referencing and develop a skill that will benefit you throughout your time at University. This interactive workshop includes: the importance of referencing, where to find referencing tools, and how to construct references in the Harvard style.

Referencing With RefWorks

This workshop will introduce you to RefWorks, the University's online reference management system.You will learn how to import references from the library catalogue, academic databases and Google Scholar as well as format your papers in the correct referencing style.

A full list of Skills for Learning workshops can be found on our workshops webpage.

Reference Management

RefWorks is a web-based reference management system that allows to collect references from a range of online sources, manage and organise your reference library, and import your references into Word using ‘Write-N-Cite’. RefWorks is available to all staff and students.

New users (September 2017 onwards)

  1. To access RefWorks go to http://refworks.proquest.com
  2. Click on Create Account
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to create your account. Please note: The email address must be your University of Wolverhampton account

Existing users

A new version of RefWorks has been introduced, to see how this change will affect you, including details of how to move from Legacy RefWorks to new RefWorks click here

To access Legacy RefWorks go to  http://www.refworks.com/refworks from a University computer.

For Legacy RefWorks help and user guides please visit the RefWorks Help page or view these helpful videos.

Workshop Programme Passport

Come along to our Skills for Learning workshop programme - designed to provide an introduction to the academic and information skills you need as a university student, they will make your academic life easier and if you attend all required workshops you will receive a programme completion certificate.

Download and print your Skills for Learning Workshop Programme Passport here Skills for Learning Passport 17-18 (PDF 1,381K, Downloads file)