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Referencing & citation

Cite them Right!

Academic integrity is the cornerstone of academia and is preserved by attributing the sources of your learning to their original creators / authors within academic writing.

Use this guide and the contents within it to understand why, when and how to cite and reference the sources that have influenced your thinking and academic argument.

These external links are provided with respect to the quality of general information and advice they provide about this particular academic practice subject area.

A small disclaimer: be aware that the resources linked to on this page are created and authored by institutions and individuals outside of Cardiff Met and that specific information and advice given, particularly with regards to the policies, services, provision and practices of other universities does not refer to those of Cardiff Met. We highly recommend visiting the Cardiff Metropolitan University Academic Handbook to clarify relevant policies, processes and procedures that apply to students of Cardiff Met should you need to.

Referencing and citation


Cite them Right - This referencing database is an invaluable source for finding and confirming citation and reference formats for a huge variety of common and obscure source types including (but not limited to) print, digital, image, physical objects and audio and visual sources.

Referencing and academic integrity | University of Sussex

How to Use Sources - Referencing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism | Trent University, Canada

Referencing | Newcastle University

Why and when to reference | University of Leeds

Referencing | The University of Sheffield

Referencing at Master’s Level | University of Dundee 


Referencing management software


Zotero Download and Zotero Support Documentation - Zotero is a powerful open source piece of free reference management software. Use these links to access the latest Zotero install file and associated user guidance addressing initial setup and subsequent software usage and library management. Note it is also accessible through Cardiff Met's AppsAnywhere utility.

5 Steps to Using Zotero - Zotero - Guides at Milner Library, Illinois State University - This page provides a quick overview of the 5 steps necessary to get yourself up and running with the open source reference management software, Zotero.


EndNote - Click here for EndNote support pages. Note that as a Cardiff Met student you have access to a licensed version of the commercial reference management software EndNote, (currently version EndNote 20.6), you can install it via the Cardiff Met AppsAnywhere utility.