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Referencing guides

Referencing tips

It is important to guide your reader back to the sources of the information you have used, and to give credit to the person who created the information in the first place.

What to look for:

  • Who created the information?
  • When did they post or publish it?
  • What is the name of the book, article, picture ....  that you used?
  • Where does the reader get it from (url or publisher information)?

On this page are some useful tools and examples of reference lists to help you to cite and reference your sources.

As you reference, be aware of copyright and how it works.

Why is referencing important?

Referencing is important to avoid plagiarism!
Plagiarism is using someone elses work in your assignment without acknowledging where it came from.  It is a type of academic misconduct for which there may be significant consequences.  Read our Plagiarism guide for more information.

Zotero and Mendeley for research

Zotero and Mendeley are powerful tools for degree or post-graduate research. Endnote via MIT for students will no longer be available from December 2019.

Cite, manage and share your research using Zotero or Mendeley.  ​

To generate a formatted list of the resources you have used try ZoteroBib. This is a free service that helps you build a Bibliography instantly from any computer or device, without installing any software.

Watch the ZoteroBib videos for more information regarding using ZoteroBib to cite and reference sources.

It is your responsibility to check your Reference list. Refer to MIT APA Guide (7th edition). For support with referencing, contact your Subject Librarian

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APA (7th ed.) Quick guide