What is referencing and citing?
Citations and References are needed in your assignments to show:
- that you acknowledge the original creator of the work (be it a book, journal, website etc.);
- that you have evidence to back up your argument;
- and to enable others to investigate your area of research more fully.
Using citations and referencing properly will help you:
- avoid plagiarism, and
- increase your grades - check your marking scheme as there are marks awarded for proper referencing.
Insert a citation into the text (using whichever style of referencing you have been told to use) at the exact point where you are referring to the work. You will also need to include the full reference in a bibliography or reference list at the end of your assignment.
Full details for each style of referencing are included in the guides linked below.
Find out more about plagiarism, Turnitin and good academic practice.
University of Bradford referencing styles
Your faculty or division has a preferred referencing style. You should be given guidance as to which is the correct style for your course.
For guidance on referencing, contact your subject librarian or personal tutor.
The Library has also made available online guides for both the Harvard and Numeric referencing styles.
Alternatively, you may download copies of these guides below.
There are free online tools that will help you reference your work in official University of Bradford referencing styles: University of Bradford – Harvard, OSCOLA (Law) and APA7 (Psychology). The ones that work best are MyBib, Bibcitation or ZoteroBib. All of them are easy to use, and will create citations and references that you can paste into your work.
One that we do not recommend is called citethisforme. This one works poorly and could lose you marks.
If you need help with organising, annotating, deduplicating, or sharing your sources, try EndNote.
Harvard referencing workshop
Lecture capture video of the Harvard referencing workshop.
Guides by faculty and school
|Engineering and Informatics||All courses||-||-|
|Health Studies||All courses||-||-|
|Life Sciences||Archaeological Sciences; Biomedical Sciences; Clinical Sciences; Optometry; Pharmacy||Chemistry; ICT||-|
|Management, Law and Social Sciences||All courses, with exceptions||-||
Law students should consult the brief or full OSCOLA guide. You may consult the brief OSCOLA guide notes by downloading it from the bottom of this page. There is also an International Law OSCOLA guide, the OSCOLA FAQs and OSCOLA tutorial available.
Psychology students should consult the APA 7 guidance, including our brief guide to APA 7 found at the bottom of this page, the APA reference guide and detailed examples. You can also view our presentation for a brief introduction to APA 7 referencing (please note: you may need to log in).