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

The Library provides comprehensive guidance to help you. You can also contact your subject librarian with any questions you have about referencing.

We recommend using reference management software to help store, manage and use the sources you find. You should choose one based on whether it supports the writing platform you prefer to use. At the University of Bristol, we support EndNote and Mendeley which both work well with Word and Overleaf, but there are others.

There are many different referencing styles, and it is important to ensure that you are following the appropriate style for your subject. Check with your tutor if you are unclear as to which style you should be using. 

Many of the major referencing styles used at the University of Bristol are covered in the below resources:



Use EndNote reference management software to collect, store, organise and import references into your work.


Use Mendeley reference management software to collect, store, organise and import references into your work.

Online referencing guide