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Referencing Support

ft MBAIt is essential that whenever you use information or refer to another author’s work in your assignments or thesis that you acknowledge them and provide full details of the source used.

Referencing correctly helps to ensure that you avoid being accused of plagiarism and allows you to demonstrate how your ideas have built upon the research of others.

Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism

Access is available here for School of Management students to the University’s electronic Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism module via Blackboard. Use your Cranfield credentials to login. Work through this online tutorial to help you understand about:

  • Plagiarism: what it is and why you need to be aware of it
  • The importance of correctly citing the work of other authors
  • How to incorporate in-text citations into your work
  • Quoting, using other people's words
  • Paraphrasing, using your own words
  • How to create and properly format your bibliographic references.
Individual Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism Blackboards are available for Cranfield's other Schools. Access them here: 

Which referencing style should I use?

Our comprehensive guide to referencing in the Harvard style can be found below. This guide provides detailed referencing tips and information on how you can avoid plagiarism.

Cranfield University Referencing Guide - Ensure that you properly reference any resources that you use in your research. The School of Management uses the Harvard Cranfield style. If you're not sure of how to lay out your references, check our guide here.

Numbered Referencing Guide - This guide has been produced to complement the author-date guide (above), for those students who would prefer to use a numbered referencing system as an alternative.


Mendeley - Desktop and web program for managing and sharing research papers discovering research data and collaborating online. It combines Mendeley Desktop, a PDF and reference management application (available for Windows, Mac and Linux) with Mendeley Web, an online social network for researchers.

Managing your references using Mendeley - Our intranet support page for Mendeley users. Includes access to help guides and tutorials. (Intranet login required).

Some Alternative Reference Management Tools

Zotero - Free, open source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials (such as PDFs). Notable features include web browser integration, online syncing, generation of in-text citations, footnotes and bibliographies, as well as integration with the word processors. 

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