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Learn to correctly cite, quote and list references for your assignments

Showing whose work you have used to support and develop your ideas is a key feature of good academic writing. Use the resources on this page to help you correctly cite and reference all the sources you have used so that we can see how well you have prepared for your assignments.

The School of Health and Social Work Referencing Guidelines 2017-18 are based on a well known style called the American Psychological Association (6th Edition) or ‘APA 6th’ for short. There are a couple of minor differences in how we use them because some uses are particular to the UK (Government documents for example). We have also altered how multiple authors are cited to help you keep within your word limit. Make sure you are familiar with the School of Health and Social Work Referencing Guidelines 2017-18 because this is the only style of presentation that we accept.

The Guidelines are very detailed so we have produced a Referencing Guidelines Quick Check Version for you too; this version covers all the basics in just two pages!

The Guidelines are issued each year so make sure you always use the current copy. You can test your knowledge of the School Referencing Guidelines by doing the online Referencing Quiz (as many times as you need to!)

Citing and referencing (i-spy tutorial, only available to University of Hertfordshire students)

A general resource describing the wider context of citing and referencing.


Endnote (links to Studynet, only available to School of Health and Social Work students)

Software available from the University of Hertfordshire to support reference management, for example, producing a reference list. 


Help with referencing screencast (only available to University of Hertfordshire students)

Video on using the citation facility in the Online Library. If you are using this facility, the APA style will be broadly correct but do make sure you adjust for any School differences using the School Referencing Guidelines (above) to check the correct presentation.


Remember, using the work of others and failing to acknowledge who or where you took the ideas from, is plagiarism. Make sure you read the Academic Integrity page for more information about plagiarism and other forms of Academic Misconduct.