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Medicine: Referencing

Guide to information resources for medicine at the University of Warwick Library, including books, journals, databases, referencing and sources of help.

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 

Library Online Courses

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Library online courses

Find out about the online courses we offer for all students, in particular:

Your department style: Harvard

Harvard is the style that is generally recommended by the Medical School. However, please be aware that there are lots of variations of the Harvard style.

Each Harvard style presents the references in the same order: Author, Year, Title, etc., but the formatting can differ quite significantly. For example, the use of capitals, bold and italics.

The Medical School does have its own preferred style called Harvard (Warwick WMS). You can find this style and other examples of Harvard on our Referencing pages


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.