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Philosophy: Referencing

Subject guide for Philosophy

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Why reference?

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.

Moodle course: Introduction to Referencing

Your Department Style : Harvard

Harvard referencing style

The Department of Philosophy requires students to use the Harvard referencing style. Harvard has many variations, which can make it confusing to use.

The Warwick Philosophy department has created its own guide to the Harvard referencing system to help you, available here: 

E-book referencing guides

Referencing Software

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!

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EndNote is the referencing software available  from Warwick IT Services, and is supported by Warwick Library. Please see our EndNote webpages for further information.