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.
Different departments at the University of Reading favour different referencing styles. Our Institute of Education specifies APA 7th edition. For help with citing specific types of publication use the resources, or contact your Academic Liaison Librarians, listed below.
Alternatively, 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.
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.
University of Reading Institute of Education uses APA 7th edition referencing (as published 2020). Consult your course materials for guidance or resources listed here:
Things to note about APA. There are 'inconsistencies' such as the need to add pp for book chapter page numbers but not journal references. Only US legislation is mentioned in the print APA manual, so students need to extrapolate what to do when referring to other legal systems. Keep checking and practicing!
APA 6th edition
When 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: