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Biomedical Science Subject Guide

A guide to library and information resources for biomedical science students

Referencing

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The Library has developed a Referencing Unit on Canvas, which will teach you the principles of referencing. It will show you how to avoid plagiarism by creating accurate in-text citations and reference lists for your assignments, and also includes a video tutorial on how to use CiteThemRight to format your references to the SGUL Harvard standard. 

Once you've located the information you need, you'll want to store it effectively so it can be retrieved when required; especially when citing and referencing the sources you have used in your academic work.

The Library has a number of resources to support you with referencing and reference management, which you can find detailed below.

Managing your references

Reference Information

You are expected to include citations and references in your academic work. St George's institutional referencing style is Harvard, based on the guidance in the book Cite Them Right (11th edition) by Pears & Shields (2019).

There are plenty of copies available in the Library or use can use the online version below (see the video tutorial below).

Login with your university login at Cite Them Right online to guide you through the referencing process. Our Harvard referencing guide - PDF also offers some quick reference guidance for commonly used sources.

Some IMBE courses may offer students opportunities to use the Vancouver style of referencing for some assignments. See our Vancouver referencing guide - PDF for tips on how to use this referencing style.

Remember: there are many different versions of Harvard, so to ensure you are referencing your work correctly you should only follow the guidance in Cite Them Right or resources produced by the Library.

Reference Management

Reference Management

When you find lots of information for your assignments and topics it can be difficult to keep track of all your sources. Using reference management software such as RefWorks, available to all university students, can help you to:

  • collect references - no need to type details in manually
  • store references in a web account or on your desktop
  • organise references
  • add notes to your references
  • link to full text, web pages and documents
  • cite your references and create bibliographies in different styles

See our online guides on Refworks and Reference Management and Understanding Your Reading List for more information.

Study+

For help in improving your study skills, task management and academic writing, see the Study+ module in Canvas where you'll find a number of resources to help you learn more effectively.