Referencing is the method used to ensure that research
influences are recognised in your assignments, and to show your
readers where this information came from.
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
For more information about academic misconduct and how to avoid
plagiarism, visit the Students' Union Advice
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
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
If you are accessing RefWorks from off-campus, you will need to
enter the group code: RWUWolverhampton before
registering for an individual account.
To help get you started you can view
workbook. For RefWorks help and user guides please visit the
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Here you will find a range of recommended workshops,
study guides and links to online resources and activities that will
help develop your referencing skills.
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.
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
A full list of Skills for Learning workshops can be
found on our workshops
Here you will find a range of online resources and
interactive activities which can help you expand your
academic writing skills.
i-Skills is an interactive guide to help you with your
first weeks of study and to set you up to successfully tackle your
assignments. We recommend the
Referencing Section of i-skills help help you get
For more about the reasons you are required to reference, watch
our online guide Why is
Skills4Study Campus is a fully interactive online resource
designed to help students with essential study skills.
We recommend that you have a look at the
referencing and plagiarism module for useful information and
activities to help develop your skills.
For more useful websites see our dedicated Online Skills Resources page.
We recommend the following workshops to help improve
your information searching skills:
To write a good assignment you need to use good quality
information which means that just searching Google is not enough.
If you are starting out on your studies and concerned about finding
suitable information then this workshop can provide a way to “get
ahead” with your information searching and find the resources that
This workshop will introduce effective searching techniques to
help you to improve your search results and locate quality
information for your assignments. It will help you to use high
quality resources available through the online library at the
University of Wolverhampton and on the Web.
Visit one of the Learning Centres to
find a wide range of study and research skills books. These can
help you learn to study effectively and develop your essential
skills. You can find books on research methods, writing your
dissertation or thesis, writing essays, assignments and reports,
critical thinking and presentation skills.
For quick and easy access to our most popular titles,
why not use our interactive book list
You can also find books and e-books by searching our online
library catalogue Summon.
For help with finding books and other resources please visit one
of the Learning Centres or contact a
member of staff via our online chat service ASSIST.
If you need help with any aspect of referencing, please ask a
member of LIS staff for assistance. You can also chat to a
librarian online via ASSIST.
Skills for Learning drop-in sessions are for students
who require additional support in developing academic
We will help you to identify your skills challenges, offer
advice on how to study more effectively, and recommend resources or
learning activities that will help you to improve your work. For
more details and session times please see our Drop-in Sessions page.
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