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Getting started with referencing

Which referencing style should I use?

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

MIMA School of Art & Design

  • Fine Art: MLA

School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies

School of Health & Life Sciences

School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law

Teesside University 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

Workshop - How to Reference



How to use references workshop

Improve your skills in using references in your writing.

Learn how to use in-text citations, paraphrase and quote correctly in your assignments.

This session is aimed at undergraduates but is suitable for any level of study.

It covers how to:

  • incorporate references into your writing
  • identify the different styles of in-text citation and when to use them
  • develop techniques in paraphrasing
  • incorporate quotations into your work properly.

This workshop does not cover the practicalities of creating a reference or advice on how to structure your references. 

For more details on how to create and structure a reference see the online tutorials and advice on this page.

Alternatively consult ‘Cite them Right’ which gives examples of how to layout references for many different types of resources.

You don't have to book, just join us on the date listed. (Please note there is a limit of 250 participants, on a first come first served basis).

  • Click here to access the session on: Tuesday 6th July 2021: 10 - 11am
  • Click here to access the session on: Thursday 19th August 2021: 3 - 4pm

See below for links to the workshop presentation.

If you need further information or any adjustments to fully access this session, please contact in advance. 

We are very interested to hear your views about any workshop you attend.

Please complete the feedback form after you have attended.

video of how to use reference workshop  Video of How to Use References Workshop

visual guide icon for How to Reference workshop  Presentation from the workshop on How to Reference (slides only) (pdf format)

Spoiler alert! This presentation includes the answers to the exercises used in the workshop.

visual guide icon for How to Reference workshop with notes (pdf format) Presentation from the workshop on How to Reference (slides with notes) (pdf format)

Spoiler alert! This presentation includes the answers to the exercises used in the workshop.

Worksheet for How to use references workshop Worksheet for the How to use references workshop (pdf document)

How to paraphrase worksheet How to paraphrase worksheet (pdf document)

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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