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Referencing - how to reference

ReferencingIn academic writing, it's essential that you cite (state) your sources of information and ideas. To ensure readers know where you found the information you must include references

Visit our referencing and academic integrity tutorial for more information about why you must reference.

In the library there are many different ways we support students with referencing:

Harvard referencing factsheets

Download and print these guides - you'll also find copies in the library:

Referencing: The Harvard Way 

Referencing: Law Resources (Harvard)

Law students should visit the legal referencing page for referencing resources.

Psychology students should refer to their thinking and writing guide.

Online guide to referencing

Visit succeed@solent's referencing and academic integrity tutorial for Harvard and APA guidance.

Examples of Harvard referencing

Play our Harvard referencing game!

Training sessions

The library offers drop-in training sessions during term time. Simply add the event to your calendar and turn up on the day:


Reference management software: RefWorks

Online software is available to store, manage and utilise your references. 

The Library supports RefWorks which can generate your in-text references and final reference lists in our Harvard SSU style.  It integrates with Word, has a "Save to RefWorks" tool and provides lots of other features including saving the full text of some documents.  It can also generate lists in many other styles including APA and OSCOLA.

Please note there are currently two versions – see these help guides for further details:  

RefME has now migrated to Cite This for Me.  More details are available on the subject guide.

Other free products are available but these do not contain our Harvard SSU institutional style.

Online submission (Turnitin)

For information about online submission, plagiarism and Turnitin, see online submission from succeed@solent.

Further reading

You'll find books in the Study Skills Collection that offer guidance on academic writing and how to reference. Search for titles in the library catalogue or browse the collection on Floor 0C.

Need more help?

Ask your information librarian.

Page last updated on Monday 20 March 2017 at 11.32am.

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