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Music & Musicology: Citing your Sources

A guide to resources for Music researchers

Citing your Sources/ Referencing

It is important to always acknowledge the sources that you consulted when preparing your work. Failing to do this is seen as as plagiarism.  Plagiarism is the use of other people’s ideas as your own.  All Literary works (e.g. books, journals, etc), artworks (drawings, paintings, etc.), and anything created by the mind is the owner’s intellectual property and needs to be acknowledged whenever it is used.

What Referencing Style/System should you use?

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Refer to the Subject Guide of your particular subject to learn more about the Referencing Style that is used or take a look at the Citing Sources LibGuide.

Reference Management Tools

There are a variety of Reference Management Tools available.  RefWorks is the option that has been officially supported by the library, but there are other options, such as Mendeley and Zotero.


RefWorks: RefWorks is a web-based online research management, writing and collaboration tool which allows you to save citations to your own web-based database whilst reading articles for your research project. It is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.

Mendeley: Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.

Zotero: Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself.


The Reference Management Software Subject Guide is designed to help you choose one most suited to your needs.