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
APA is the style that is generally recommended by the Psychology department. You can find more detailed advice about APA on the Library's referencing pages.
You can also search for guides to the APA referencing style in Library Search. Have a look at some selected titles in the box below.
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.