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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

Download APA7 Author-Date referencing guide
Download Numbered referencing guide

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.

Download Author-Date referencing guide
Download Numbered referencing guide

Learn more about referencing

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 Librarian if you have any trouble finding it.

Learn more about the APA7 Author-Date style:

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

Referencing advice from our blog

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