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Referencing Support - making it easier for you.

Referencing can seem overwhelming and trying to remember the brackets and commas and what to include can be frustrating.  So, it is important to understand why you need to reference.

For university level study it is essential that you state where your evidence, information, and ideas come from. Correct referencing is linked to UPDCs academic integrity policy and forms part of each course’s grading structure. Failure to provide correct references may open you up to a charge of plagiarism and/or effect the number of marks your assignment is awarded.


Search everything using our Library+ discovery service. 

Use a basic search strategy. Don't just type in your assignment title.  Start with one or two key words, check how many results you get then use AND to add more key words. Use the filters or the advanced search to narrow down your results.

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Additional Help

For more details on how to search using Library+ there is a link to the EBSCO training video below

EBSCO Discovery (Library+) Search Engine tutorial video

If you wish to use Google Scholar, Google have produced the following guidance

Tips on using Google Scholar

Referencing Guidance and Support

Referencing your work correctly is also important for other reasons:

  • To help those who read or mark your work to easily identify, locate and read the sources you have used
  • Showing you are able to reference and evidence your research correctly gives your work kudos as it shows you have done the required research and impacts your grades.
  • Evidencing your work is a life skill for your future career and can help gain respect in your chosen industry if you go on to write reports at work or even publish work yourself.

Using a Referencing Guide:

There are many online referencing generators that will create your reference list and citations for you, including Microsoft Word's References/Bibliography facility and those accessed via the Library's academic search engine, EBSCO Discovery. It should be noted, however, that such referencing tools often contain errors; please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that the format generated is correct according to the 'rules' established by Harvard and MHRA, or whichever style guide your course uses. There may be grading implications if you do not.

Here at UPDC, we strongly recommend that you follow the 'official' referencing guide that we subscribe to, Cite Them Right.

Get clear and concise referencing guidance with model examples to help you confidently acknowledge the work of others. 
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