Referencing correctly will improve the quality of your academic work and help you avoid accidental plagiarism.
Looking up the work of other people, using their ideas, debate and discussion are all essential aspects of scientific work. It is important to inform your readers where you found the ideas you include in your work for a number of reasons:
The Library provides comprehensive guidance to help you. You can also contact your subject librarian with any questions you have about referencing.
There are a variety of reference managers available. You should choose one based on whether it supports the writing platform you will use. At the University of Bristol, we support EndNote and Mendeley, which work well with Word.
There are many different referencing styles: check with your tutor if you are unclear as to which style you should be using.
You can read more about referencing on the Library web pages.