Referencing shows the reader of your work where the information you  have used comes from. This is important because it protects you from plagiarism, shows you have carried out thorough research and allows your reader to find the sources you have read.

To reference your work successfully follow the Guide to referencing 2016/2017 (Microsoft Word version) or use the A to Z example list below.


Refworks is software which allows you to create an oline record for the resources you have used. You can then use those records to create citations and references in the Harper style. Contact us for more information and for the group code which you will need to sign up for your Refworks account.

Other referencing links

  • RefMe - free online referencing tool. Login using your Facebook account. Use your phone to scan ISBN's to create your reference. Unsure how to use it? Check out this video
  • Cite this for me - free online tool. Does not conform to the Harper Adams format, but is easy to use and edit.
  • Harvard generator tool - this web based generator tool won't put it in the Harper Adams format, but it may be a starting point for you.
  • Firefox reference manager - if you use Firefox, take a look at Zotero, a free extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources.
  • Citing flow chart - unsure when to cite? Have a look at this flow chart developed by Cardiff University to help you decide.