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Foundation in Arts and Social Sciences

Reeve and Serfs


Referencing well will improve the quality of your academic work and help you avoid accidental plagiarism.

You will be directed by your tutors on which referencing style to use. The two most common styles in Humanities and Social Sciences are Harvard and MHRA. The School of Law uses the OSCOLA style.

The Library provides referencing guidance and resourcesYou can also contact your subject librarian with any questions you have about referencing.


Key referencing resources

Below are some key sources of guidance for referencing. If you need to use the Harvard style, Cite Them Right will be useful.


Reference management software

Reference management software can make collecting, storing and using references easier. EndNote reference management software is available for free to University of Bristol students and staff.

There are two versions of EndNote: EndNote Desktop and EndNote Online. The latter is recommended for the Foundation Year, undergraduates and taught postgraduates.