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Referencing Lessons #studentdiaries

29 November 2016

This week friends I have learned a painful but valuable lesson

When working on an essay or assignment and you find a piece of research, a useful book or anything that you might want to talk about in your assignment, for the love of all that is great and good write down the source and reference details as soon as you find it.

I’ve been going through my (almost) completed assignment putting the references in order but I can’t actually find the citations for my references, or in fact any proof that they exist. To say that my head is exploding right now is an understatement.  I spoke to a couple of friends about my plight at uni and they suggested that I use Ref Me which I understand is a handy little app that keeps all of your references together and then magically produces a full list of references that you can add into your work – what kind of magic is this?  And how am I only just finding out about it? read more

Referencing Dictionary Definitions

13 March 2015

dictionaryHave you used a definition of a word in your essay or assignment that you found in an online dictionary? You know that you need to reference it – but you can’t see an author, and you can’t see a year.

  • If a work has no author use the title in its place, that is, start your reference with the Title of the Entry, and use the title in your citation.
  • Sometimes you will also find that there is no date on the webpage. When this happen use (n.d.) instead of the year; n.d. stands for No Date.
  • Next, give the Title of the Dictionary, in italics.
  • End your reference with the “how to find it” information, which will be its URL.

For example:

Thistel-tak. (n.d.). Middle English Dictionary. Retrieved from http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/m/mec/med-idx?size=First+100&type=headword&q1=thistel-tak&rgxp=constrained

Your in-text citation will be (“Thistel-tak”, n.d.).

  • Some online dictionaries helpfully tell you the date of the entry, for example:

Triskaidekaphobia. (1986). Oxford English Dictionary. Retrieved from http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/206391?redirectedFrom=Triskaidekaphobia#eid read more

How to reference a tweet

3 July 2014

Have you ever wondered how to reference something you’ve found on Twitter?

Tweets are essentially tiny little blogs, so many of the rules are the same. There are some differences though.

Author: This will either be a person or a group. Start your reference with their real name,
e.g. Fry, S. or SalfordUniLibrary.
Follow this with their screen name, in square brackets, e.g. [stephenfry] or [TheLibraryUoS].

Date: as with all blogs, you need to provide both the year and the date, in parentheses,
e.g. (2014, 2nd July). read more