Guides and Online Help

  • Guides and Online Help

    This section includes subject and other guides to help you use library resources effectively.

    Use the Subject Menu on the Right to find guides relevant to your subject.

    If you are unsure where your subject fits in, try the pull-down menu below:

  • Referencing

    RefGuideThe guidelines have been extended for the 2014-15 session and now appear in an open module - UWS Referencing Guide - on the university's VLE.  [Alternatively, go to Moodle, select the Services dropdown then Library, UWS Referencing Guide. You may have to select the "login as a guest" option.]


    New tool

    Are you at Level 7 or 8 and struggling with referencing?

    RefMe logoThere is a new website called RefME, which can help you use UWS Harvard referencing. Once you have signed up, there are 3 easy steps...


    • Open a project,
    • Select "Harvard: University of the West of Scotland" as a style,
    • Add the items you want to reference - pick a format (e.g. journal article, website) and follow the prompts to enter the details of each item.

    When your list is complete,

    • Copy & paste it into your document – can be Open Office or Microsoft Works as well as Microsoft Office.
    • Do a quick check against UWS Referencing Guide to ensure it matches the requirements.


    There’s even a bonus!
    Download the smartphone app (available for Apple and Android), scan a book barcode and the reference will be generated automatically!

    Note: is an external company offering a free service to UWS and other academic institutions so while the Harvard style on offer is largely compatible with the UWS Referencing Guide, there is no guarantee that references/ lists will comply.


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