Essay referencing help
When you write an academic essay, it is important to use the correct referencing style.
Your college or university will have advised you of the particular referencing style to which you need to adhere but ask if you do not know, as it is crucial that you get it right. You can usually find advice in your departmental handbook or on your department’s section of the university website.
There are many different referencing styles in current usage, most of which require slightly different presentation of references throughout your essay and in your bibliography.
Start referencing BEFORE writing:
When you are researching the information for your essay, you would be wise to make a note of the author, title and publication details of each work you consult in the referencing style required, as this will make it easier for you to compile your references and bibliography, and you will grow accustomed to the particular referencing style required. It’s IMPORTANT that you use only one style throughout.
Here are the different referencing styles:
(Click an item in the list to find out more information:)
- Harvard Referencing
- Oxford Referencing
- OSCOLA Referencing
- APA Referencing
- MLA Referencing
- Turabian Referencing
- Chicago Referencing
- Open University Referencing
- Vancouver Referencing
- MHRA Referencing
- BMJ Referencing
- Referencing Software
You must reference your work to distinguish your ideas from those of others and acknowledge your sources. Also, it enables the reader to follow up if he/she is interested in the source you have used.
What is the difference between a bibliography and a reference list?
Reference List, Works Cited, Literature Cited, Sources Cited, References – all of these terms refer to a list of sources actually cited throughout your work.
Bibliography, Bibliographical References – these terms refer to a list of sources that can be found at the end of your work in alphabetical order by the author’s last name. In some systems, this list may include books you have read but have not actually referred to. However, please check your institution's guidelines, as it is not always permissible to include sources that have not been used in the text.
What are endnotes and footnotes?
Footnotes are used to supplement your comments in the body of your essay. Inserted in numerical order automatically by your computer, they provide yet another opportunity to refer to other related and insightful material that might not necessarily be relevant to your essay at hand. Footnotes can be inserted at the bottom of the page or as their own page at the end (called endnotes).
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