Which referencing style should I use?


Each School usually has a preferred referencing style. Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students can check which referencing style is recommended by their school or subject. 

The purpose of referencing is to acknowledge the work of others in your work and avoid plagiarism.

Academic Skills Online includes guides to the University of Leicester specific Author-Date Harvard and Footnote referencing styles.  There are also introductory guides for students using OSCOLA or Vancouver referencing styles.  Access the guides on the Reference page of Academic Skills Online.

If you have any questions about referencing in your work email librarians@le.ac.uk or book a study consultation.

You can use bibliographic software which is designed to store citations, insert citations into documents and create bibliographies. The University supports two pieces of software: Endnote and RefWorks.  Guidance on how to use Endnote and RefWorks at the bottom of the Academic Skills Online Reference page.


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