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Education: Citing references

A guide to finding information in education. 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. 

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.

MORE HELP FROM Learning Hub Manager / Academic Liaison Librarian for ITT, FD/BA CDL & Early Years programmes

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Charlotte Dormer
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I am available for in person meetings at London Road or 1:1 sessions via Microsoft Teams. I can support you with referencing, searching for information, and any other queries you may have about using the Library or Learning Hub.
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Guides to APA referencing

University of Reading Institute of Education uses APA 7th edition referencing (as published 2020). Consult your course materials for guidance or resources listed here:  

  • APA Style provides online guides to In-text citations and Reference examples, including a quick check guide.
  • The UoR Library holds several copies of the definitive print guide 4th Floor 808.066-AME
    American Psychological Association (2020) Publication manual (7th ed.). American Psychological Association. 
  • Talis Online reading lists can convert references to APA 7th (or 6th) edition
  • Bibliographic management software like EndNote and Mendeley include APA 7th. 

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

  • Microsoft Word can save and order your references but only in APA 6th, pending Microsoft updates. 
    [From the 'References' ribbon, select 'style' as 'APA nth edition'. Insert references as you write - Word will remember them to create your bibiography or list of cited references.
  • The Library holds print copies of American Psychological Association (2010) Publication manual (6th ed.). Washington DC : American Psychological Association. 4th Floor 808.066-AME.
  • APA has archived APA Style Sixth Edition Resources online.

MORE HELP FROM Academic Liaison Librarian for BA Education Studies, non-ITT PG & CPD programmes

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Rachel Redrup
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Based at the University Library, Whiteknights Mon-Wed, Fri; London Road Thursdays. I can meet you in person there, 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.
0118 378 3428


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: