Citing and referencing

Find advice on citing and referencing at LSE and discover some tools to help you.

Welcome to LSE. 3 tips to get ahead with referencing

1.Check with your Department now: what rules do they have about citing and referencing? Some recommend a method while others require a specific style.

2. Got a quick query on how to reference something? Use Cite them right to see how to reference a resource in a range of styles.

3. Attend one of our training courses later in the term. This term you can get the basics with Reference with Confidence, have a look at our Moodle resources on how software can help with or come along to our in-person Endnote Online training.

Why citing and referencing are important

Correct citing and referencing is an important academic skill. It demonstrates that you have read widely and have gathered evidence to support your arguments.

What is citing and referencing?

Citing means noting in the text where you quote, paraphrase or use an idea from someone else. Referencing means creating a list of the sources you have cited. 

Listen to our screencast - Referencing: why, what, when and how of citing

Citing and referencing at LSE

  • LSE does not have a single standard method for citing and referencing. 
  • Departments have different requirements so it is very important to check your student handbook or ask your academic supervisor to be clear on what is expected for your assignments and dissertations.
  • Check which method you are required to use, footnotes or the in-text author-date (Harvard) method.  
  • Then you will need to use a single citation style to format your citation in your footnote or reference list. 
  • If your department has not specified the method and style then it is your choice. The emphasis is on consistency and not mixing methods and styles. Choosing a specific style will make it easier to find and follow rules for each reference. 
  • Looking at sample dissertations from your departments is useful. See LSE Theses Online.

Tools to help you cite and reference

  • Cite them right is a website which contains advice on how to reference different resources, in a range of styles and provides a tutorial on citing and referencing practice.
  • Reference management software can help you cite and reference consistently. Use software to collect, store and organise your references as you research. Then you can insert your citations using the software and build your reference list as you write your assignment.  
  • The most commonly used software at LSE are: EndNoteMendeley and Zotero.  
  • Your department librarian can assist you in using the software.

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Getting further help

LSE LIFE on Moodle provide additional materials and guidance on writing including quoting, paraphrasing and summarising in your own words.

If you have any referencing questions get in touch with your department librarian to discuss.