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Nursing & Midwifery: Managing your references


Referencing is essential practice for university students. When producing academic work and completing assignments you are required to refer to the sources you use.  There are several reasons for this:

  • It demonstrates that you have read widely and provides evidence to support your arguments
  • It acknowledges the ideas and research from other authors and organisations
  • It enables the reader to locate the information and ideas used in your work
  • It helps to avoid plagiarism

To find out more about how to reference please visit the referencing guide using the link below:

Reference Guide

Reference Generator

The Learning Development Service at Queen’s have developed a tool to help you with referencing.  The Reference Generator creates formatted academic references and automatically generates a bibliography in the Harvard style.

To access the Reference Generator click on the following link:

Reference Generator Harvard Style

Useful Book on Referencing

Manage your references

Reference management software (also called bibliographic management or citation management) can save you a great deal of time and effort when you are writing a paper, dissertation or thesis.

It enables you to store the references you collect while searching the literature, and will automatically format the citations in a word document, and produce a list of references at the end of that document formatted in the style of your choice (e.g. Harvard, Vancouver).

There are lots of reference management software packages to choose from: some require a subscription and some are free - see link below for further information.

Reference Management Guide