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Referencing Thomson ONE

A recent student enquiry asked for clarification on Thomson ONE.com.

The simplest approach is a screenshot and explanation following our guidance in the Referencing Guide at the University of Manchester – Harvard Referencing Style.

Figure 1: Company Accounts (Fundamentals) from Thomson ONE.com (2013).

Figure 1: Company Accounts (Fundamentals) 2001-2010 for AstraZeneca PLC from Thomson ONE.com (2013). (click to expand)

Often it is appropriate for the figure caption to be relatively short and the text referring to the figure to give the details of the source of the data. It should be clear whether the figure is directly provided by the financial database as in this screenshot (Thomson ONE.com, 2013), or the figure is of your own design using data obtained.

The reference year (in this case 2013) will normally be the same as the year accessed. Even though the company accounts information in figure 1 is only till 2010, the web page was dynamically generated in response to a request made in 2013 and therefore is “published in 2013”.

The reference year can differ from the year accessed when referring to the document that has its own date. For example the AstraZeneca annual report for the financial year ending 31 December 2010 is published in 2011 and available through Thomson ONE.com (AstraZeneca, 2011).

The URL in the reference (see below) is a compromise. Thomson ONE.com is a subscription service so the URL is of limited value to readers who do not have access. On the other hand the URL does provide additional confirmation to readers who have Thomson ONE.com access.


AstraZeneca. (2011) AstraZeneca Annual Report and Form 20-F Information 2010 [Online]. Available at: http://www.thomsonone.com/  (Accessed: 20 December 2013)

Thomson ONE.com. (2013) Thomson ONE.com. Thomson Reuters. [Online]. Available at: http://www.thomsonone.com/  (Accessed: 20 December 2013)

Appendix – related posts

Referencing databases (November 2012)

Referencing – new citation guide (February 2013)


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