At Solent most courses require Harvard Solent style referencing. Some courses require a different style. For example, Law students should useOSCOLA and Psychology students should useAPAstyle. Check with your tutors before starting an assignment to find out which style to use.
This factsheet summarises the most important information about Harvard Solent style and gives examples for the most common types of source and problem.
Psychology courses use APA referencing style. See the Psychology Writing Guidelines below for an introduction to using this style for Psychology. Use the APA Referencing book to see examples of how to format your references and how to deal with different types of source.
If you do not have access to the PsyKey course page, please see the resources below for more information on APA referencing.
If you are studying Law, you will be expected to use OSCOLA style. You can access Library resources on OSCOLA to help you understand and use it in your work.
Generating References from the Library Catalogue
You can generate references from the library catalogue in Harvard Style, APA or Oscola.
Once you have found the source in the catalogue:
Select the quotation mark icon next to the source title.
Choose the style you require (Harvard, APA or OSCOLA) and copy the citation to your own list.
Your tutors may ask you to use other referencing styles for your work. If this is the case, ask your tutor for guidance material for how to cite different types of sources and format your references in your work.
These are some abbreviations you might find useful when referencing, particularly if some of the details you need for a reference are missing.