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Mathematics and statistics: Citing references

A guide to finding information in mathematics and statistics. 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 more information, see the Building references into your writing section of the Academic Integrity Handbook.

The department recommends a Name/Date system of referencing, such as Harvard. 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 (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

EndNote logoWhen you do your dissertation you could consider using reference management software to organise your references. These bibliographic management tools 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.

Mendeley logoThe library supports two reference tools in particular - EndNote and Mendeley. For information on these and other options for electronic management of your references see our guide to Managing references:

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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