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Referencing and Refworks

An overview of the UHI Harvard referencing system and Refworks management software.


When you submit work for assessment it is important that you credit where the ideas and information you have used originated. This could be from books, journals, websites, lectures, television programmes and so on. Most of the courses at the University of the Highlands and Islands require you to use the system called Harvard Referencing.

It also demonstrates to your lecturer that you have carried out background reading and have a thorough understanding of the issues being discussed. Anyone who reads your essay or assignment in future can then follow your work and find the references you used to construct your arguments. Perhaps most importantly, it shows you are not passing off someone else's work as your own. Plaigarism is covered in the second section of this guide.

Please note that students at Highland Theological College should refer to the Referencing at HTC tab in this guide, as the system differs from UHI Harvard.

Harvard Referencing

Harvard Referencing is a two-part system where you indicate briefly in the text of your assignment that you are using someone else’s idea (an in-text citation), and then provide a List of References at the end of your work, giving full details of everything you have cited. You need to do this not just when you quote directly, but also when you summarise or paraphrase ideas attributable to someone else.

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UHI Harvard Guide

We have learnt from feedback that this is an area of study that causes students a lot of stress. Fortunately, there are plenty of tools and information to help.

The full UHI Harvard referencing guide can be downloaded as a PDF. This is the comprehensive guide for all courses that use the UHI referencing system. Some courses, including History (see box below), may use alternative systems, the details of which should be confirmed with your lecturer.

Full UHI Harvard referencing guide (English version):

Further Support

Along with the full UHI referencing guide, there are other materials and tools to help:

Other referencing styles

This form of Referencing is used in all History and Scottish History Courses. Please speak to your tutor if you are unsure which method applies to your module.