IOE Writing Centre


Reference Effectively & Avoid Plagiarism

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" How should I reference at the UCL Institute of Education?

At the UCL IOE you will usually need to use a version of APA or Harvard. These are two systems which use in-text referencing (not footnotes). The two systems are very similar. The most important aspect is to be consistent, and to use the same format for all your references.

The following UCL Library open resource provides an overview on managing references, how to reference and avoid plagiarism: References, citations and avoiding plagiarism.

Within the above guidance, the following may be particularly useful for IOE students:

Guidance on using other referencing styles is available too.

Reference managers

Many students prefer to use a reference management software. Although there are many packages available, the IOE Library provides LibGuide instructions for the following: