What is a Citation?

The mention, paraphrase or quotation of another author or authors should always be acknowledged immediately in the text and is called a citation.

In the Harvard system this in-text citation provides the following information: the author (from books, journal articles, websites, etc.), year and relevant page numbers if necessary, all contained within brackets - e.g. (Russell, 1961, p. 122) - and relates to a full reference for the source in the References section.

Your tutor will often expect you to cite and reference a wide variety of sources to support your reading for your assignment. Do remember to look at the sources listed in your Module Handbook and choose those listed under wider or recommended reading as well as the core, or essential reading. Use the journals or web sites if they are listed and ask your tutor or the Library staff for help if you need further advice.