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Students must respect others' intellectual property and understand what constitutes plagiarism. Where the work of others is used or relied upon, it must be properly acknowledged and authorship attributed in accordance with academic practice and must be referenced using an appropriate referencing convention. The School most commonly uses the Harvard style which should be used unless an alternative style is specified in the course syllabus. Guidance is readily available on Canvas and from the Library. Students are fully responsible for ensuring they are aware of the requirements for referencing and use the appropriate convention for the course.

Plagiarism, collusion and other forms of academic misconduct are not acceptable in any form and students may be subject to disciplinary action, which can result in the failure of the course and Programme.The School reserves the right to use technology to detect and/or follow up on cases of suspected academic misconduct, irrespective of the severity. Academic misconduct is not limited to plagiarism; refer to the Student Disciplinary Policy for further information.

Bloomsbury Skills for Study Course

New students are required to complete the Skills4Study Plagiarism and Referencing course prior to beginning their programme. If you have any difficulty accessing the course, please contact your Programme Office.
The course, click on the image above, will cover: 
  •     why and when to acknowledge sources
  •     guidelines for writing references
  •     different ways of using source material in your work
  •     how to write a reference list - and more.

What is Reference Management Software?

What is reference management software?
The purpose of reference management software is to make the deployment of citations and creation of bibliographies/references lists easier for a writer/researcher. Such software will store data about a 'thing' you want to cite or use for referencing/bibliography creation as well as having the ability to store the source itself.
Mastering such software involves an investment of time and is a must for PhD students and researchers. For students writing shorter assignments with shorter references lists, mastering reference management software is less of a priority but is recommended if you have an interest in reading articles and monographs, compared to 'thought leadership' or textbooks.

Endnote for PhDs
The School has a site licence to use Endnote desktop for those Faculty or PhDs who request it. Contact the Library for further information.

Endnote for Students
To get the full productivity value of EndNote, you need both the personal database “library” in the cloud, to which you can upload full-text of a bibliographic reference and also to have installed the Endnote “Cite While You Write” Word add-in. It’s all free but you must register via Web of Science’s EndNote option to pick up the LBS institutional entitlement.

Free referencing software
The library also recommend the use of Zotero as it is free and you can continue using the resource after you have left LBS. Please check the calendar for Zotero training sessions the library will be regularly delivering via Zoom.
Free, but more popular among scientists.

If unsure which referencing software to use
For those already familiar with Endnote, we suggest you stick with it. For those new to reference management software, we recommend Zotero because it is the quicker software to master. Regardless of the reference management software being used, email if you have any questions or issues.

CiteThemRight - online tool

To find the correct formatted citation and reference from over 250+ resource types use CiteThemRight online. Click on the image below.



You can search or browse for the resource type, select your referencing style and it will provide you with the properly formatted reference.

If this is your first time accessing CiteThemRight, a referencing tutorial is available here.
if you would like to track your tutorial progress you will be asked to register when you first access it.

Read our Copyright guide for students.

Extra resources and guidance

Extra resources and guidance are available in both SkillsforStudy and CiteThemRight. To access these resources please go to:Additional content in SkillsforStudy and the Basics section in CiteThemRight  - this includes:

  • What is common knowledge 
  • What about confidential information - of relevance for those working with a company
  • How do I reference a source quoted in another author’s work? 
  • Quoting material in NOT English.
  • Altering text by paraphrasing or summarising
  • How to avoid plagiarism when working in groups


We also recommend students download and review the following guides: