Referencing requirements differ between programmes of study at the University of Northampton. All programmes use the UoN Harvard system, with the exception of the following:
If you are unsure about which referencing format to use, especially if you are a joint honours student, check with your Tutor. You will find guides to all the referencing systems above in the Skills Hub under the Tools for UON Students tab.
Note full details of sources used at the time you use it.
Keep notes from each source separate
Label notes clearly with the author
Note down the details for the reference list first
Note the page number as you go
Put any direct quotations in quotation marks
Distinguish clearly between your own thoughts and notes taken from a source (e.g. by colour)
Build your reference list as you research and write.
There are free referencing tools such as Mendeley, Cite This For Me, Zotero etc. which can be used to help you build your reference list. Be aware that these are not supported by UON and there will be differences in their formatting, particularly when using Harvard which may be significantly different to UoN’s Harvard referencing guidelines.
Always check your references against the UON guides for your subject as appropriate, before you submit your work.
Cite sources within your test as you write.
Caption images, tables and diagrams and cite the source. For guidance on using web-based images in your work, we have made this short video.
Proofread your citations and check against your work.
Be consistent! Make sure you apply the same format consistently throughout.
Check you have cited every source you have used.
Make sure you reference every source you use in your work. This includes music, film, audio, data, presentations. This is the case regardless of whether you have paraphrased, summarised or directly quoted their work. This is a key part of good practice in academic writing.
Cite your sources and use your own ideas
Produce honest work
Earn your qualification.