Perfect referencing for dissertations

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One of the last tasks with a dissertation is usually writing and/or checking the reference list. If you are using APA 6th (the form of Harvard that the School of Management recommends) here are the key things to check:

  • If you have used any ideas – either as quotes or put into your own words – from another author, you need to reference them both in the text and in your reference list. This ensures you cannot be accused of plagiarism (passing off someone else’s work as your own).
  • Your reference list should contain a full reference for everything you have mentioned in the body of your dissertation. 
  • Your reference list should be in alphabetical order of author’s surname.
  • Each reference should contain the correct information for the type of reference (e.g. website, journal article) so that someone else can find the exact item you used.

We have a short guide to APA (PDF) which covers the essential types of material you may have used (books, journal articles, websites) but there is also our Full Guide to APA Referencing (PDF) which also includes specific business examples (p.22) such as…

  • Market research reports from Mintel Oxygen
  • Industry profiles from EBSCO Business Source Complete
  • Company data from FAME
  • Data from Datastream
  • Global market data from Mintel GMN
  • Official documents or reports (p.12)

The APA style blog is also very handy for advice on more unusual reference types but please do email your librarians on if you are stuck – we will do our best to advise on the correct reference to use.


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