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History: 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 Faculty of History offers guidelines on how to approach this and the reference management software listed below can assist.  Whichever style you adopt, remember to be consistent. 

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 History Students

Students should refer to the History Faculty Style Guide (available on Moodle)


An introduction to referencing and is given to first year students in the library's introductory lecture. Further guidance is available from library staff.

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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