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Royal Society of Chemistry referencing

Why reference?

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.

The RSC referencing style

Students in the Chemistry Undergraduate Network within the Division of Chemistry & Environmental Science must use the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) referencing style.

Referencing tools

EndNote can help you:

  • Create a database of references
  • Automatically cite and reference books, journals and other sources in your assignments

Find out more with our EndNote guide

If you are using a referencing management software other than Endnote to help with formatting your references, please ensure you check your references against the examples provided in the MMU Harvard guide.

Video guide: avoiding plagiarism