Reference Letter Samples

Sample References, Reference Lists, and Letters Asking For a Reference

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Do you need to request or write a reference? Here are sample reference letters, academic references, personal references, letters asking for a recommendation, and lists of references.

Review these examples to get ideas for your own references and letters of recommendation. Also review guidelines and tips for requesting and writing reference letters.

Reference Letter Samples

Find samples of recommendations letters based on position and relationship, as well as information on how to format a recommendation letters and links to templates.

Character / Personal Reference Letter Samples

Use these examples if you need to write a personal reference letter. For this type of letter, include information on how you know the person, their qualifications and characteristics, and whether you'd recommend them.

Academic Reference Letters

An academic reference letter will highlight a student's strengths.

Information on grades, attendance, and class participation, as well as any specific examples of strong papers or research, is relevant to include in this type of letter.

Letters Requesting a Reference

Asking for a letter of reference can feel intimidating. Learn how to politely request a reference, as well as what information to pass along to the person writing the recommendation.

Sample Reference Lists

During a job interview, you may be asked to provide references. See examples of how to format your list of references, and who to include on the list.

Reference Checking Letter Example

Use this sample letter to help you format a request to check an applicant's references.

How to Write a Reference Letter
How to write a reference letter, including what to include in each section of your letter.

Top Reference Examples
Top reference examples, including employment reference letters, character references and personal references, reference request letters, and reference lists.

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