Posts tagged: referencing

Referencing made easier with EndNote

23 January 2018

Is there an easier way to do your referencing? Anne suggests EndNote.


Correct referencing, that is, acknowledging the books, journal articles and other sources of information you use in your essays and assignments, is a very important part of academic writing.

You might have already discovered that it is complicated, and can be quite time-consuming and difficult to get right. 

Have you ever wished you could get a machine to help you?


Well you can!

All our open access PCs and Macs are installed with EndNote X8. This is a package that allows you to create your own library of references and add citations and a reference list to your Word documents – automatically and correctly! read more


8 November 2017
Image of front screen of OSCOLA FAQ presentation

Have you got questions about OSCOLA? Check the FAQs, it may have the answer

Have you got questions about OSCOLA referencing?

You may find the answer in the OSCOLA FAQs, click on the image to find out.

If your OSCOLA referencing question isn’t answered, check out the OSCOLA web guide at: Skills for Learning OSCOLA Referencing (select the OSCOLA tab).

The 7 study mistakes too many students make – learn what they are and don’t make them yourself!

3 March 2017
Amy Pearson

You really don’t want to miss what Amy has to say about the 7 study mistakes that can cost you marks.

Some study mistakes are no big deal, others really are a big deal as they can affect your final degree classification. This is why we have put together a short online package to introduce you to the 7 things, why they matter and how you can avoid them. They are:

  • Plagiarism
  • Self-plagiarism (or double submission)
  • Collusion
  • Falsifying experimental or other investigative results
  • Contracting another to write a piece of assessed work / Writing a piece of assessed work for another
  • Taking any unauthorised material into an examination. Copying from, or communicating with, another examination candidate during an examination.
  • Bribery
  • read more

    Important Changes to Ref Me

    17 February 2017
    Jen Earl

    Jen wants to make you aware of changes to Ref Me.

    It has just been announced that RefMe will be changing to Cite This For Me on February 28th 2017. Full details on this news can be found on the Ref Me website.

    If you have a RefMe account you will still have access to your account and saved Reference lists until June 1st, 2017, but you will need to export them before this date or you will lose them.

    If you want to create an account for Cite This For Me it will cost £6.99 a month but you are able to generate a reference list without creating an account. However without an account your reference list won’t be saved for future use. read more

    A letter to… Anne and everyone else doing battle with referencing.

    30 November 2016
    Amy Pearson

    Amy Pearson
    Content Developer

    Dear Anne, you are not alone. I, and many others, also learnt the art of referencing the hard way!

    In reply to your post ‘Referencing Lessons #studentdiaries‘ and for anyone else working on assignments at the moment, here are some referencing tips from Skills for Learning:

    1. Make sure you know which referencing style you should be using.

    Styles mainly used at the University of Salford are APA 6th (Harvard Style) and Oscola (for Law subjects)
    More info…

    2. As you read and make notes, write down your sources. read more

    Ambiguous Citations

    15 July 2016

    Or, how do you know what is what?


    Let’s start with the basics:

    When you are referencing your information sources you use citations within your text. These are brief, just names and a date in brackets, in your text.

    Then at the end of your essay or assignment you have a reference list. This is a list of everything you have cited, with each reference providing the full details of the works you have cited in your writing.

    This means if someone reading your work sees an interesting idea they can use the citation to find the matching reference, and then use the details in the reference to find the original work to read for themselves. read more

    OSCOLA Referencing: A very quick guide

    17 May 2016

    What is OSCOLA?

    OSCOLA is used by law students studying for a law degree with Salford Law, Salford Business School. All other subjects use Harvard Referencing APA 6th.

    Adding a footnote to your Word document

    OSCOLA Frequently Asked Questions

    For the most popular OSCOLA FAQs, check out this guide by clicking on the image below or going directly to 

    Image of front screen of OSCOLA FAQ presentation

    Have you got questions about OSCOLA? Check the FAQs, it may have the answer

    How to Reference Common Resources using OSCOLA

    Check out the University of Salford’s web guide to referencing different resource types: (Select the OSCOLA tab) read more

    Watching your Weight?

    5 February 2016

    No, I’m not being personal about your wobbly bits, I’m talking about WORD COUNTS.

    When you are given an assignment you are usually told how long it should be. This shouldn’t be a problem with short works like essays and reports, but when you are doing an extensive piece of work, such as a dissertation or other final year project, word counts can be worrying.

    Is it too big?

    Let’s look at what is and isn’t included in your word count.

    First, what’s not included. The following are called “front matter” and are not part of your word count: read more

    There’s no such thing as the essay elves

    16 April 2015

    While you are sleeping little elves are not going to come and write your essay or report, finish your dissertation or thesis, or help you revise for your exams.

    Little elves do not exist.

    essay elves

    But in a way they sort of do.

    Do you know how much help you can get in the Library?

    Take a look at the Skills for Learning website.

    You can come to a free workshop and get help with your writing and referencing, learn how to use Word and Excel, find great information for assignments, and much more.

    If you can’t find the class you need, you can book an appointment for one-to-one support with our trainers. 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

    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 read more