What is a style of referencing? or, what is a referencing style?

A referencing style is a method of writing your references and citations. There are many styles of referencing, usually associated with journals, because different groups of people like to order the key bits of information you need for a full reference and citation in different ways.

To make your life simple in Olivia, we have used one of the most internationally recognised styles of referencing, simply called: Harvard. This is also one of the most widely used styles in the College. There is another commonly used style in College, and that is called the Vancouver style of referencing.

Academic health warning!

When you are given coursework or dissertation guidelines, check which style of referencing your lecturer or department asks you to use. If you don’t check, and you use a style that is not the one stated in your guidelines, you could find you lose marks.

If your lecturer or department does not ask you to use any particular style, we would recommend using Harvard. It’s easy to learn, simple to use, and when you get stuck, there is lots and lots of advice available to help you out.

One more warning: when you have chosen your style of referencing, use it consistently. Inconsistent referencing is bad academic practice, and one that is guaranteed to annoy your lecturers.




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