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Referencing: Welcome

Referencing Help


More referencing information can be found in the following LibGuides:

You can also find guides for the following referencing software:

About this Guide

This guide brings together all the IOE LibGuides related to referencing in one place.  The guides focus on two referencing styles and the different reference management software packages available to UCL students.

More information on referencing styles can be found at:

More information on reference management software can be found at:

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What is referencing?

Referencing is a system used in the academic community to indicate where ideas, theories, quotes, facts and any other evidence or information used can be found and verified.


Why should you reference?

  • To show that you understand the topic and can explain in your own thoughts.
  • To demonstrate that you have read widely and deeply.
  • To enable the reader to locate where you obtained each quote or idea.
  • To avoid plagiarism and uphold academic honesty.


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