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New numbered referencing guide published


We are excited to announce that a new Numbered Referencing Guide has been published on our Library Services website.

This is an update to the previous guide, which is used by a selection of students in our School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, and in Cranfield Defence and Security. We will be teaching it to all new students who use the numbered style starting from August 2023 onwards. Please note that this will not affect existing students and courses using the “old” numbered style – we will continue to support you with the style you are using and you will still be able to access that guide via our Referencing and Plagiarism page for as long as you need it. This includes students currently writing up their theses.

Why have we updated the numbered guide?

The new guide continues to use the NLM (National Library of Medicine) style, which is sometimes also referred to as Vancouver. However, the previous version had some adaptations in it that were unique to Cranfield. We have now removed them so references can be used with reference management software without the need to import a bespoke style. This should make referencing easier.

A new Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism eLearning module is also being developed for Canvas. It will be made available all students whose course uses a numbered referencing style.

What about the Author-Date guide?

The numbered referencing style is one of two styles used at Cranfield, the other being Author-Date. The existing Author-Date style and guidance is unaffected.

I have questions!

If you have any questions about the changes to the existing numbered style, please contact your Teaching and Learning or Research Support Librarian.

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Written By: Karyn Meaden-Pratt

Karyn is the Library Communications Manager and University Archivist.

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