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DMU Referencing Guide: Referencing

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DMU's guide to referencing is Cite Them Right. It provides guidance on how to cite over 150 source types in a variety of referencing styles including Harvard, APA, Chicago, IEEE, MHRA,Vancouver and OSCOLA. The main style used at DMU is Cite Them Right Harvard but check with your programme as they may use a different style.

If you are new to referencing, or could benefit from a refresher, there are a number of tutorials available on referencing and Cite Them Right Harvard which is the main style used at DMU.

     How to Cite video

     Cite them Rigth tutorial

If you do not reference properly, you could be accused of plagiarism which is a very serious charge within universities.

Find out about what we mean by plagiarism and how to avoid it by developing good academic practices from the Academic Integrity page.

It is important to keep a good record of all the information sources you use and reference management software, such as RefWorks, Mendeley or Zotero can help you do this. These tools can collect, organize and cite research sources, as well as help you create bibliographies, footnotes and in-text citations.

The Library subscribes to RefWorks, select the RefWorks tab on this guide to find out more. 

Free citation generation tools can help you reference materials and the two listed below are some of the most accurate. However, when using these tools, always check:

  • You have selected the correct referencing style (for Harvard, search for Cite them Right Harvard and select the latest edition available)
  • The accuracy and formatting of the reference generated and amend as required

For best results for articles found on Library Search/databases, export the reference in RIS format when on Library Search and then import the RIS file when on the citation generation tool.

Academic librarians support your skills development in citing, referencing, using Cite Them Right and Refworks. In addition they provide understanding in how referencing fits within Good Academic Practice.

Help and support are available from our Just Ask email enquiry service and LibChat instant messaging.

You can also attend our academic support drop-ins and Open Programme workshopsFinally, for more in depth queries, you can make an appointment with your academic librarian (via your subject guide).