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Geography and environmental science: Citing references

A guide to finding information in geography and environmental science. Includes links to key resources and sources of help.

Whenever you refer to another person's work in your own essay, dissertation or article you must acknowledge them and give full details of your source. You risk being accused of plagiarism if you fail to do so.

The Department of Geography and Environmental Science recommend using the Harvard system of referencing (a couple of examples are shown below). For more information see your Department handbook.

For general information on referencing, including an explanation of different citation systems, and guidance on citing specific types of publication, see our Citing references guide.

For help with citing specific types of publication contact your subject librarian, Melvin Morbey.

For advice on using references in your work, and how to use them to support your arguments, consult the guidance on the Study Advice website or make an appointment with them.

Book citation example in the Harvard style

The Department of Geography and Environmental Science recommend using the Harvard system of referencing.

Citing a whole book example

Barry, R.G. and Chorley, R.J. (2010). Atmosphere, weather and climate. 9th ed. London: Routledge.

 

Citing a book chapter example

Dunford, M. and Smith, A. (1998). Uneven development in Europe In: D. Pinder (ed.) The New Europe : economy, society and environment, Chichester: Wiley, pp. 203-222.

Journal citation example in the Harvard style

The Department of Geography and Environmental Science recommend using the Harvard system of referencing.

Wasson, R.J. and Hyde, R. (1983). Factors determining desert dune type.  Nature, 304 (5924): 337-339

EndNote

EndNote logoWhen you do your dissertation you could consider using EndNote to manage your references. This bibliographic management package can be used to store references, and then insert the citation in your Word document, automatically building the bibliography for you in the correct style.

Find out more on our EndNote webpages.

For information on other options for electronic management of your references see our guide to Managing references.