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?

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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

OSCOLA FAQs

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).

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

Ambiguous Citations

15 July 2016

Or, how do you know what is what?

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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 https://blogs.salford.ac.uk/digital-literacy-skills/oscola-faqs/ 

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:

http://www.salford.ac.uk/skills-for-learning/home/using-and-referencing-information/oscola (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?

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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.

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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 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