Information Skills



"Referencing is the practice of acknowledging in your own writing the intellectual work of others; work that has been presented in some way into the public domain."

From: The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism” by Colin Neville (2007). Open University Press, Maidenhead. ISBN: 9780335220892

The Clinical Librarian offers referencing training sessions that can be tailored to your needs. The session usually lasts an hour and can be delivered to individuals or groups. The training can be carried out virtually (via MS Teams), in the Library Training Room or at a location to suit you.

Please note, that every institution and journal uses its own, slightly different, refencing style, which will be available either online or through their website or portal. If you book a Referencing training session with us, we will ask you to send us a current copy of the relevant style guide (or a link to it) so we can be sure we are tailoring the teaching to the style you need to use.

Topics covered may include:

  • What is plagiarism
  • What is referencing
  • Referencing styles
  • Primary and Secondary references
  • In-text citations
  • Reference lists and bibliographies
  • How to reference different types of sources (books, journals, websites etc)
  • Reference management software
To arrange a training session please complete our online training request form.



Books (available for you to borrow from the library - please click on the book image to go to the library catalogue page ).

Image of book cover "Cite Them Right: the essential referencing guide" by Richard Pears & Graham Shields

Cite them right: the essential referencing guide by R. Pears & G. Shields
ISBN: 9781352005134


Cover image of "The complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism


The complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism by C.Neville
ISBN: 9780335220892


Online resources:

Open University - Quick guide to Harvard referencing:

Nursing Times - Guide to Harvard referencing for nursing students:

Neil's Toolbox:

Cite This For Me:


If you use a citation generator, you will need to double check the results against the relevant style guide and edit as needed.