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Computer science: Citing references

A guide to finding information in computer 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.

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. The department recommends using the APA style, but you can choose another style such as Harvard as long as you are consistent. There is more information on these in the guide.

For help with citing specific types of publication contact your librarian (contact details below).

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.

Reference management

Mendeley logoWhen you do your dissertation, consider using reference management software to organise and store references, then insert citations and build a bibliography in your Word document. The Library supports two reference tools in particular we think are accurate - EndNote and Mendeley. For information on these and other options see our guide to Managing references:EndNote logo

We also have specific a guide for using EndNote:


LaTeX is a tool you may have been advised to use to format your papers or other written work. If you use LaTeX you may also choose to use BibTeX as an alternative to Endnote for managing your references and inserting your citations. 

We have books about how to use LaTeX in the Library - you can find them in Enterprise. A few are listed below.

Finding bibliographic details

If you are unable to view this video on YouTube it is also available on YuJa - view the How to Find Bibliographic Details video on YuJa (University username and password required)

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Based at the University Library, Whiteknights Mon-Wed, Fri; London Road Thursdays. I can meet you in person, or online via Microsoft Teams. I normally work weekday mornings to early afternoons (UK time).

Contact me for support with referencing, searching for information and other queries about using the Library.
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