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Referencing and plagiarism


Whenever you refer to another author’s work in an assignment or thesis, it is essential that you acknowledge them and provide full details of the source used. 

Referencing correctly helps you avoid being accused of plagiarism and allows you to demonstrate how your ideas have built upon the research of others.

Our referencing guides

If your supervisor or lecturer doesn't mind which guide you use, pick one and use it consistently throughout your assignment.

Referencing guides for students starting September 2021 onwards

APA7 Author-Date referencing guide
Numbered referencing guide

Learn more about the APA7 Author-Date style:

The Concise APA Handbook : APA 7th Edition
APA style blog
APA style tutorials and webinars

Referencing guides for students who started before September 2021 

From September 2021, the recommended Author-Date Style for new students is APA7. However, students who started with us before this date can continue to use the previous Cranfield Author-Date Style they are familiar with below. The numbered style remains unchanged.

Author-Date referencing guide
Numbered referencing guide

Learn more about referencing

Our Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism eLearning module explains the role and importance of citing bibliographic references, and how you incorporate the work of other authors into your literature review correctly, and without plagiarising.

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Referencing advice from our blog

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