Citing and referencing

PLATO (PLAgiarism Teaching Online) is an interactive tool with tutorials and advice on citing and referencing and how to avoid plagiarism

There are many reasons referencing is important:

  • To inform readers of the scope and depth of your study
  • To provide evidence and validation for your own argument
  • To emphasis your position
  • To include different points of view
  • To avoid plagiarism

Plagiarism is taking another person’s work, ideas or research and using them as your own. Paraphrasing another person’s work without citing the source is also plagiarism.

It is important that you check with your tutors which referencing style is used on your course.

List of resources

A quick guide to referencing

Cite them Right


Online referencing tools

Cite this for me


Further help

University of Derby students can access further information on academic writing on our Blackboard module - Improve your academic writing.

Study Advisor Scheme

As part of our study skills services we provide help with essay structure, dissertation preparation and time management. To request a study advisor please visit us on the lower floor of Kedleston Rd library, or complete the form online

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