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. For an overview of options for managing references electronically, see our guide to Managing references.
For help with citing specific types of publication contact your subject librarian, Natalie Guest
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.
Particular referencing styles are preferred by certain academic disciplines because they work better with the kind of texts that are most commonly used in that discipline. Your School/Department might recommend more than one style for use in different types of assignment.
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: