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Sociology: Referencing

Referencing and Citation

It's really important to learn how to reference your work properly.  A good piece of coursework is full of references to work that's been done by others before you, so good referencing habits will get you great marks. There are two parts to referencing:

  • Identify the reference in the text of your work. This is citation or in-text citation.
  • Provide a detailed list of all references you have used at the end of your work, this is a bibliography or reference list.

There are many different referencing styles. The most commonly used at Middlesex University is Harvard. For detailed information on how to cite and reference, please have a look at Cite Them Right basics. 

The slides below give a basic introduction to referencing in your writing and how to use RefWorks.  There is more detail on RefWorks on the next page.

Introduction to Referencing Workshops

Referencing Management Software

If you are doing more in-depth research (such as a master's dissertation or PhD), it can be difficult to keep track of all your sources of information. 

Reference Management Software, such as Refworks can help you manage and organise your references.

Check out the video below and the RefWorks Library Guide for help getting started

Harvard Referencing Quick Guide

Referencing Guidance

Cite them Right Online

Cite Them Right Online is the official university standard for referencing

It contains examples that show you how to reference books, articles, websites and many more resources you might use in your work

Cite Them Right video