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Referencing & Plagiarism

Which style of referencing should I use?

A referencing style is a set of rules to guide authors in citing the work of others and creating bibliographies.  There are several referencing styles - the golden rule is to be consistent. Your student handbook should provide you with information and guidelines on the style your school or programme requires you to use.  Please ask your tutor if you are not sure which style to use.

The main styles used at Plymouth University include variations of the following:

  • an author and date format (e.g. Plymouth Cite Them Right Harvard or APA)

  • numbered footnotes (Humanities)

Use the style guides below to see how to reference sources in your required style:

Referencing Style Guides

cite them right online

Cite Them Right

Cite Them Right explains how to reference in a variety of styles with many examples of sources referenced in the Harvard style. There are also explanations of how to reference common sources in styles such as: APA, Vancouver, OSCOLA, MHRA and Chicago.

APA 6th

APA 6th

When psychologists write articles, reports or book chapters, they use the APA (American Psychological Association) style to reference the work of other people.  Please check your programme handbook to see whether you should be using APA 6th or APA 7th style when writing your assessments

APA 7th

APA 7th

When psychologists write articles, reports or book chapters, they use the APA (American Psychological Association) style to reference the work of other people.  Please check your programme handbook to see whether you should be using APA 6th or APA 7th style when writing your assessments

Humanities Style

Humanities Style

The Plymouth Humanities Style  - a unique in house University style based on MLA handbook for writers of research papers, 7th ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009