Citing and referencing

General resources on citing and referencing. Use the links on the left to view resources on specific referencing styles.

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Resource title and description Type
IEEE referencing activities
A short interactive resource with activities to help students learn how to reference using the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) referencing style.
Activity
Citation examples (OSCOLA)
An interactive activity describing the components that form the citation of an Act, the citation of an case, and a neutral citation in the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) style.
Activity
Citing and referencing quiz
Test knowledge of citing and referencing with this quiz.
Quiz
How would you reference this book? (MHRA style)
Video introduction on how to reference a book using the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA) referencing style.
Video
How would you reference this book? (Vancouver style)
Video introduction on how to reference a book using the Vancouver referencing style.
Video
How would you reference this book? (Cardiff Harvard style)
Video introduction on how to reference a book using the Cardiff Harvard referencing style.
Video
Why, when and how: citing and referencing
This Xerte tutorial covers:
  • what citing and referencing mean, and why they are important
  • what plagiarism and collusion mean and what actions are viewed as plagiarism or collusion
  • how to use others' research in your own work
  • how to correctly cite and reference other's work using the style recommended by your School
You can find more information specifically relating to the Cardiff Harvard, MHRA and Vancouver referencing styles, including step-by-step tutorials here.
Tutorial
Vancouver referencing tutorial
This Xerte tutorial offers a step-by-step guide to referencing in the Vancouver style. It includes examples of ways to reference a wide variety of sources. A PDF guide is also available on the Intranet [Cardiff University Login Required].
Tutorial
MHRA referencing tutorial

This Xerte tutorial offers a step-by-step guide to referencing in the MHRA style. It includes examples of ways to reference a wide variety of sources.

A PDF guide is also available on the Intranet (a Cardiff University login is required).

Tutorial
Cardiff Harvard referencing tutorial
This Xerte tutorial offers a step-by-step guide to referencing in the Cardiff Harvard style. Includes examples of ways to reference a wide variety of sources. A PDF guide is also available on the Intranet [Cardiff University Login Required].
Tutorial
Neutral citation
An image describing the components that form a neutral citation in the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) style.
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Citing an act
An image describing the components that form the citation of an Act in the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) style.
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Citing a case
An image describing the components that form the citation of a case in the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) style.
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Which report do I cite?
Test understanding of OSCOLA citations with this short activity.
Quiz
Compile the references (OSCOLA)
Test ability to create correctly formatted references in the OSCOLA style. Piece together the fragments of a reference to form a correctly formatted reference.
Activity
Citing the law: referencing using OSCOLA
A guide to citing the law using the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA). The tutorial demonstrates how to cite 'primary' sources of law (i.e. cases and legislation) and how to refer to 'secondary' sources such as books, journals and government reports.
Tutorial
Citing in the text (Harvard)
A ‘fill in the blanks’ exercise to test skills citing references within a passage of text using the Cardiff University Harvard style.
Activity
Compile the references (Harvard)
Activity testing ability to create correctly formatted references in the Cardiff Harvard style. Piece together the different elements of a reference to form a correctly formatted reference.
Activity
Reference format quiz (Harvard)
Test understanding of how to reference different types of material in Cardiff University Harvard style.
Quiz
Identify the source quiz (Harvard)
Look at the references formatted in the Cardiff Harvard style and decide which type of material is being described in each case.
Quiz
To cite or not to cite
An image using the adapted line from Shakespeare's Hamlet - To cite or not to cite....
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Citing flowchart
Should I cite? A flowchart that will help you decide whether you need to cite a particular source of information.
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