eGuide: Citing references

Last updated: July 2018

Guidance from the university

For each assignment, you complete it is important to reference the resources you have used. This can include books, websites, newspapers and social media. Types of referencing include footnotes, endnotes, citations and bibliographies. Failing to cite your sources is an example of plagiarism and can affect your marks. Information about the University’s policies on plagiarism can be found at www.plagiarism.admin.cam.ac.uk/.

Guidance from the department

You should use the referencing style designated by your department/faculty. Use LibGuides to search for subject guidelines. You may also find guidance on your department/faculty’s website or Moodle page: www.vle.cam.ac.uk.
** The most important point, whichever style you decide to follow, is to be consistent**

Help within College

Library staff can help you get started with referencing.  You can also book an appointment with Library staff or ask a question via library@girton.cam.ac.uk. Learn to manage your references with our eguide to Managing references.
If you want to read about referencing in more detail the library stocks the following:

  • Williams, Kate (2015), Referencing.  London, England; Macmillan Education/Palgrave.  (Sg 76)
  • Pears, Richard and Shields, Graham (2016). Cite them right. (10th Ed.). Basingstoke, England; Palgrave Macmillan. (Reference Bay 029 P31) Alternatively, visit Cite them Right Online (Raven password required).
  • Gibaldi, Joseph (2003), MLA handbook for writers of research papers. (6th Ed.). New York: Modern Language Association of America. (Reference Bay 029 M72)
  • Modern Humanities Research Association (2002), MHRA style guide: a handbook for authors, editors, and writers of theses. London: Modern Humanities Research Association. (Reference Bay 029 M72)

Referencing guides

Help with electronic resources

Jenny Blackhurst
Librarian
library@girton.cam.ac.uk
t: +44 (0) 1223 338970