Referencing – your questions answered!

APA digital signage 1jpgWhy has referencing changed?

Essentially to make referencing as easy as possible for you!

How is APA easier?

APA a consistent style worldwide and, if you find ‘APA 6th edition’ in any referencing tool, you can be confident that you’re using the right style.

I’m in my 2nd year – do I have to change to APA?

You can continue to use Harvard SHU during 2016/7 if you like, or you can start using APA straight away. APA will be the ‘standard’ referencing style for the academic year 2017/18

  • Watch a short video to find out what you need to know about the chances to referencing as a returning student
  • Try using the free online tool RefME at
  • There are also a range of short RefME videos you can watch on the Library Gateway, Help with Referencing, Online tools and apps, RefME web

I’m in my 3rd year – do I have to change to APA?

Again it’s up to you and you can always check with your tutor. If you are used to using Harvard SHU and you’re in your final year you may prefer to use the style you are most familiar with.

What if my tutor has asked me to use a different referencing style?

Make sure you know which style your tutor prefers and use that.

You can find guidance on Harvard-SHU here

What about…?

Here are some useful links if you have any more questions…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *