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Research Skills


Access tools, guides and software to help you correctly cite and reference in your assignments. Always check the required referencing style and requirements with your teacher.

Watch our Referencing tutorials for more tips and hints!

Referencing styles at Holmesglen

exclamation mark in blue circle Check with your teacher to confirm which style is used in your course.

Referencing basics

Purpose of referencing

Referencing gives credit to sources/the work of others used in your assignment. It is essential for maintaining academic integrity, avoiding plagiarism and demonstrates your research.

What is referenced?

Ideas and theories

 Facts and figures

 Images, video and sound

What isn't referenced?

Common knowledge (e.g. grass is green)

✗ Conclusion of your assignment

Citing and referencing

There are two parts to referencing:

 In-text citations are used when you refer to a source in the body of the assignment. 

 A reference list is placed at the end of the assignment after the conclusion. It includes all the sources that have been cited. 

EndNote Online

 Use EndNote Online to store sources in one place.

➤ Add references to EndNote.

➤ Organise references into groups (folders).

➤ Insert references into MS Word (Cite While You Write™).

For further information about EndNote Online, please see the EndNote help guide

Plagiarism and academic integrity