In academic work it is essential to acknowledge the work of other's when you have used it in your assignment. Citing and referencing allows the reader to refer back to your source material, and makes it clear when you have used others' words or ideas so avoiding plagiarism.
This page includes sources of guidance on citing and referencing, as well as software tools you can use to manage your references.
Reference management software lets you store, annotate and group references and also automatically creates citations and reference lists in your documents.
There are a number of different reference management software tools available. For help in deciding which is right for you, please see our software comparison table from the link below:
EndNote is supported by the University and available as desktop run software and as a web application. The desktop version has the full range of features and functions. EndNote online, is freely available in its "Basic" form and may be enough for your needs. Both versions provide automatic citing in Microsoft Word.
The desktop version is installed on the open access lab computers where the "Cite While You Write" plug-in, for use with a desktop library or an online group, is already available on Microsoft Word.
Register via Web of Science for more file saving space.
Then go directly: www.myendnoteweb.com
EndNote desktop can be downloaded onto most University machines for free.
For personal use on your own machines, EndNote desktop can be bought at an academic discount.
Citing and referencing demonstrates breadth of research and helps avoid plagiarism. To understand more about plagiarism and how and why to avoid it, see the University of Edinburgh's Institute for Academic Development's guide:
Cite Them Right Online explains and demonstrates how to cite, both in-text and in a reference list or bibliography, a wide range of material types: books, journal articles, lecture notes, law reports, web pages, computer games, live performances...
Harvard (author-date) is shown throughout but many material types are demonstrated in other citation styles too: APA, Chicago, MHRA, MLA, OSCOLA, Vancouver.
General information on referencing and plagiarism is also presented.
There is support and help available from staff on using EndNote, desktop and online, and also for Mendeley.
The Digital Skills and Training programme includes workshops and webinars on EndNote for which anyone can sign up and for which the workbooks are sometimes available for people to go through themselves in their own time.
Your Academic Support Librarian is another source of advice.