Reference tools

There are two main objectives for including references:

  1. The references provide documentation for the part of the text that is based on the work of others, thus making it possible to identify what is your contribution and what comes from other sources. The argumentation or claim can subsequently be tested and it can be established whether the work is based on a valid foundation or whether important information is missing.
  2. The references will enable readers to identify and find the documents mentioned.

Why reference management?
The good scientific work is characterized by a well-considered use of sources. It is important to state  these sources in order document your results and conclusions correctly.

The reader must be able to assess whether the present work is based on other people's content and intellectual work. In addition, it is dishonest not the give your sources the credit they deserve.

It is a balancing act in a number of ways; if you quote others to a very large extent, the product will lack originality and if you do not quote others, it becomes subjective and unscientific.


DTU has access to the Mendeley Institutional Edition:
PilMendeley & DTU

PilLearn more on the DTU Library courses


There are several methods for writing references in scientific work.

There is no preferred method at DTU, but here are some good examples:

PilAPA - guide from Ballerup
   Campus (in Danish)

PilMLA - guide from Cornell
   University Library