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Key points for Citing and Referencing
You MUST reference every idea, opinion, fact or quote from a source, even if you put it in your own words.
We ALWAYS recommend that you check referencing advice given by your department and tutor as some referencing conventions may vary.
For further help and support please visit the referencing section on the Library's Moodle page. The Library Moodle page is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is full of guidance and activities on referencing, plagiarism, and other research skills you will need whilst studying at Royal Holloway.
Departmental Referencing Guides
This department recommend using the style used by the Journal of the Geological Society of London. This uses brackets in the text and a full list of references, entitled Bibliography at the end of your work. You can find the notes for authors which explains the rules for the style on the Geological Society's website. This style is available in RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley, and other referencing software.
You should check your departmental handbook for further information, or make an appointment with your Information Consultant for further help.
Reference Management Tools
Reference management tools help you to save and organise your research, they can also help you to format references and citations and also create bibliographies.
The library provides access to RefWorks for all students to use, there are also a number of free tools available online.
To find out more about these tools and how to use them visit this guide Referencing Tools.
Books on Referencing
Cite Them Right by
Call Number: 378.170281 PEA
Publication Date: 2019-05-10
The best guide is the book Cite Them Right by Richard Pears & Graham Shields, and there are copies in the Library..
This is the leading guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism, covering everything from understanding plagiarism and identifying sources to setting out quotations and creating a reference list. Comprehensive and accessible, it provides readers with detailed examples of print and electronic sources, business, government, technical and legal publications, works of art, images and much more. Packed with practical tips and example sources in both citations and reference lists, it makes referencing manageable and easy to follow for everyone. The eleventh edition of this bestselling book is an essential resource for anyone doing original research for written assignments, including students, teachers, authors, librarians and non-academic researchers.
Royal Holloway Library LibGuide by Royal Holloway Library is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.