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Your academic department will probably specify a referencing style for you to use. Consult the Cambridge Reference Management LibGuide for assistance.
If you are writing for publication, the editor will specify the style you need to use, and it may be detailed on the publisher or journal website.
Below is a list of links to the main referencing style guides.
Referencing management software
Click on the logos to access usage guides:
To find out more about the University of Cambridge's view on plagiarism and good academic practice, as well as further advice on how and when to reference, visit these guidance pages.
The most commonly used style of referencing; used widely in academic journals
Guide to Harvard Referencing from Imperial College, London
- APA (American Psychological Association)
Citation technique usually used in the Social Sciences
Tutorial from the University of Cardiff
Style guide for typographical and citation techniques often used by academic publishers
Chicago Manual of Style online
- IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
Standards Development Lifecycle; writing and referencing guidance used in the fields of Engineering and Technology
- MLA (Modern Language Association)
Citation technique used particularly in academic writing for languages and literature
MLA Style Centre; writing resources
- MRHA (Modern Humanities Research Association)
Citation style used for academic theses and essays in the Humanities
Download the MRHA style guide
Style of referencing using a numerical system - often used in medical writing
Guide to Vancouver Referencing from Imperial College, London
Cite them right
Cite Them Right
Useful referencing resource where you can vary the referencing style.
US legal citation systems
Chicago - The Maroonbook
- The University of Chicago Manual of Legal Citation.