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POLIS (Politics and International Studies): Referencing and Style Guide

Referencing in your assignments

Whether working on a thesis, dissertation or essay, correct referencing is vital to ensure that you credit all your sources. The POLIS Department offers guidelines on how to approach this and the reference management software listed below can assist.  Whichever style you adopt, remember to be consistent. 

More information about the styles and formatting for the MPhil in International Relations and Politics is available here.

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:


Specific advice for POLIS students

POLIS has compiled guidelines for you to follow when producing your work, the following links may help:

The Faculty of History recommends you look at these guidelines:

Reference Management Software

You may find reference management software useful for creating bibliographies.  There are several free options available, guidelines can be found below from the University Library website:

The website Cite Them Right may also be helpful.

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