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.
If your supervisor or lecturer doesn't mind which guide you use, pick one and use it consistently throughout your assignment.
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.
Our online eLearning module explains the role and importance of citing bibliographic references, and how you incorporate the work of other authors into your assignments and literature review correctly, and without plagiarising. You can find it on your VLE (Canvas, Blackboard or Moodle). Please talk to your Information Specialist if you have any trouble finding it.
Learn more about the APA7 Author-Date style: