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Referencing is a vital part of your academic studies and research at University of Portsmouth.  See https://library.port.ac.uk/w683.html for more on why you need to be concerned about plagiarism and referencing.

The Library is here to help you with referencing in the following ways:

Cite Them Right

Cite Them Right will show you how to reference a multitude of source types in several different reference styles.  It gives details of the information you need to collect and provides examples of both in-text citations and what a reference should look like.  It also guides you through constructing an accurate reference for the source you want to cite.  There are also tutorials on the basics of referencing to help you get started.

Use this if you are a University of Portsmouth student on any course requiring APA 7, OSCOLA, Vancouver or Chicago. If your lecturer mentions "Harvard" or  “Harvard APA" they mean APA 7.

Referencing FAQs 

These are the questions we get asked most often when it comes to citing and referencing your work. Still can't find an answer then chat to us for help.

Referencing Software

All reference generators make errors! Ensure you check and edit your references before submitting your work.

There are many different ways to generate APA citations:

Quick options:

  • Look for a "Cite" button in EBSCO databases (click on the title of article), Google Scholar and more...

Advanced options for project and dissertation students:

Please Note: We do not advise the use of the referencing tool in Word.



ONLY use this if you are a full-time Masters student who is finishing your course in October 2020 or if you have been told to continue using APA 6 by your lecturer. 


This is the University of Portsmouth’s former referencing assistance site.  It only covers APA6 and will be withdrawn at the end of the year. 


Need Help?

Quick APA6 to APA7 Overview

For those who have been referencing for a while and just want to see the major changes between the 6th edition and 7th edition of APA, this short video gives an overview:


We also have a more detailed Key Differences between APA 6 and APA 7 Factsheet 


Contact Us for Help 

Still stuck? Chat to an experienced member of Library staff who can help. We can’t proof-read reference lists but we can help you identify the types of sources you are using and how to reference and cite them. We specialise in those tricky references you may not have come across before.

 You can contact us by 24/7 online chat, email, or phone.



Be consistent in your referencing and always check with your tutors and/or your Module handbook for preferred styles and approaches.