What is a referencing style?
A referencing style is a set of rules that specify how to reference different sources of information eg books, articles, websites etc.
There are many referencing styles. Popular ones are author/date (often known as Harvard), numbered, MLA and APA.
Check with your tutor, if you are not sure which referencing style to use in your assignments.
Most departments at MMU use the MMU Harvard referencing style.
Help with Harvard referencing:
- MMU Harvard Libguide
- Harvard referencing tutorial in the Skills Online section of your Moodle area
- MMU Degree Skills YouTube
Download the full MMU Harvard guide as a PDF:
The purpose of referencing is to enable others to find the information that you have used in your assignment.
You MUST cite and reference all the information that you have used in the main text of your assignment. It is important to acknowledge the work of others if you have referred to it in your assignments; if you do not, you will be accused of plagiarism.
Plagiarism is a failure to acknowledge another person's work or idea and claiming this idea as your own. This is a serious offence.
If you are not sure which style to use, please check with your department or tutor.
Some MMU departments use other referencing styles: