It is important to learn the scholarly practice of citing other people’s research, and referencing the material you have used.
Enables your reader to find the material you have referred to
Demonstrates your breadth of reading about the subject
Supports and/or develops your argument
Avoids plagiarism: using somebody else’s work without acknowledging the fact is plagiarism. It is important to always reference when quoting or paraphrasing another person’s work
The Library has an online course that will take you through the process of referencing that you can find here.
The SMLC requires students to use the MHRA referencing style and the following resources will help you:
The MHRA have a comprehensive PDF guide, covering all main reference types (referencing is in chapter 11).
MHRA style guide: a handbook for authors, editors, and writers of theses (available in print in the Library)
Plagiarism is an academic offence and something that the University takes very seriously. You can find an online course that takes you through what plagiarism is and how to avoid it here.
Referencing software allows you to manage references, insert citations and create a bibliography, in your referencing style. It can be useful for students writing dissertations and theses, as a way of storing references as you find them. However, it does not guarantee to produce a full accurate bibliography or reference list, so you need to build in time to check what it is creating!
EndNote is the referencing software available from Warwick IT Services, and is supported by Warwick Library. Please see our EndNote webpages for further information.