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Referencing for UK academic study

Which referencing style should I use?

You need to follow the referencing guidelines for your subject area:

School of Arts & Creative Industries

School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies

School of Health & Life Sciences

School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law

Teesside University International Business School

Top Tips

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  • Do ask for help if you are not sure of anything!

  • Check which style of referencing you are required to follow

  • Be organised. Whenever you consult a source, make a note of all the details you need for a reference

  • Allow yourself time to compile your reference list

  • Be consistent in the style and layout of your references

  • Make sure your references include all the information needed to locate it

Workshops - How to Reference ... and How to use References Workshops

We have 2 workshops designed to help you with different aspects of referencing, from how to reference correctly to how to incorporate references into your academic writing:

1. How to reference … books

Become more confident about your referencing skills.  This 30-minute workshop outlines how to create Harvard references for the books you use when writing your assignments. 

We explain how to create references for books when: 

  • There is more than one author
  • It is not the 1st edition
  • You are using an ebook
  • You are referring to a chapter in an edited book

This workshop is not subject specific and is suitable for any student who needs help with the basics of referencing.

Link to  how to reference books powerpoint How to reference books
(Download the slides)

How to reference journal articles

We also have a presentation on how to reference journal articles.  This includes:

  • What to do when there is more than one author 

  • When to use italics 

The slides are not subject specific and are suitable for any student who needs help with the basics of referencing. 

Link to  critical writing powerpoint How to reference journal articles
(Download the slides)


2. How to use references

This session will improve your skills in using references in your writing.  The workshop will show you how to:  

  • incorporate references into your writing  

  • identify the different styles of in-text citation and when to use them  

  • develop techniques in paraphrasing  


Link to Succeed@Tees workshops page with schedule and recordings of workshops

Forthcoming workshops

Workshop dates for the academic year 2024-2025 will be released in due course.  In the meanwhile to view a recording of the workshop see


Recording of previous session

Link to  critical writing powerpoint How to use References presentation
(slides with notes)
Link to  critical writing powerpoint

How to use references

Link to video for harvard referencing

Harvard Referencing Video 1: What referencing is and constructing basic references

Link to video for harvard referencing

Harvard Referencing Video 2: Paraphrasing and using citations

Next steps

If you thought this information was useful you may want to look at some of the other Learning Hub guides aimed at helping students with:

       Writing          Harvard Referencing

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