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About this guide
Please note that the examples given throughout this guide are in Harvard style, which is the most commonly used referencing style at QMU. These are illustrative of how to cite and reference.
Referencing at QMU
There are many different referencing styles. QMU modules require either standard Harvard or APA referencing. Most subjects at QMU ask you to use the Harvard referencing style. For guidance, please see the online resource Cite Them Right Online (QMU login required).
APA 7th Referencing
Some programmes ask you to reference using APA 7th style (e.g. Psychology, and Speech and Language Therapy). If you are asked to use APA for assignments, consult Cite Them Right to make sure you are citing and referencing in the correct style. The default setting for Cite Them Right for QMU is Harvard (because the majority of modules require Harvard style referencing), so make sure to switch the Cite Them Right examples from Harvard to APA in the settings.
Cite Them Right
Cite Them Right
Cite them right is a comprehensive guide to referencing almost anything you will come across in the course of your studies or research.
There are two main ways to find what you're looking for:
Search - use the search field on the homepage, or in the top right corner of the site, to look for the type of source you want to reference. You can then filter the results by referencing style.
Browse - use the menu navigation to see what's available on Cite them right. Clicking on a category will reveal the types of sources in that category. There may be a subcategory to help you refine what you're looking for. You can find information on the principles of referencing under the 'basics' tab.
On the menu navigation you will also see an 'index' tab which will display a complete list of all of the content available on Cite them right.
The Cite Them Right referencing website is being relaunched in June 2022. The redesign will make it easier to browse and navigate the content. There will also be a new referencing tutorial to help you understand why and how to reference well in your assignments and other work.
Some things you will need to do to make sure you don’t lose anything from the old website:
- Save your progress in the current tutorials, assessment scores and/or certificate of completion (if you have made use of any of these)
- Bookmarks on the current site will not be transferred – if you have used the bookmarking tool to save your most used sources you may wish to make a note of these so that you can set up your bookmarks again on the new website.
Why referencing and citation is important and how to do it well
Find out about the principles behind referencing and how to acknowledge the information sources that you use. This tutorial is made-up of 11 short, self-contained topics, which you can explore and revisit at any time.
- What is referencing and why it matters
- What sources are appropriate to reference
- How to avoid plagiarism
- How to insert citations into your text
- Incorporating the work of others into your writing
- Documenting the full reference details
Please note: the below guides are for resits/completing PhDs only
It is essential you follow the guidelines in your course handbook or assignment guidelines.
All undergraduate students and masters students are expected to follow Cite Them Right for Harvard or APA style.
The guides below are only for students resitting or completing doctoral theses who have chosen to continue using QMU Write and Cite.