Referencing

The following resources are designed to help you assess and develop your students’ referencing skills.

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Referencing exercises

A set of four referencing exercises, complete with answers. Exercises cover:1) Is a Reference Needed? 2) Where Should the Citations Go? 3) “I Didn’t Reference the Source Because…” 4) Referencing Errors.

Activity time: 1 Hour

Types of media: Helpsheet, Word Document, Quiz

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What are Digital Capabilities?

To reflect upon the digital capabilities which are important to you

Activity time: 3 mins

Types of media: Video

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Reference Properly-Part Two: Reference List

1 hour 30 minutes- 2 hours

Activity time: 1 hour 30 minutes - 2 hours

Types of media: PowerPoint File, Word Document

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Reference Properly-Part One: Citations

To learn what information should be included in a citation.To understand the importance of referencing as a tool to avoid plagiarism.

Activity time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, PowerPoint File, Word Document

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Referencing: staff development session

These resources are designed to generate discussion among teaching and learning development staff in staff development sessions. The resources cover issues relating to why reference, referencing styles, when to reference, and on issues relating to plagiarism.

Activity time: 60-90 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet, Word Document

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Referencing exercises

A set of four referencing exercises, complete with answers. Exercises cover:
1) Is a Reference Needed?
2) Where Should the Citations Go?
3) “I Didn’t Reference the Source Because…”
4) Referencing Errors.

Activity time: 1 Hour

Types of media: Helpsheet, Word Document, Quiz

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Advanced referencing exercises

Set of 3 short exercises, complete with answers and tutor comments. Provides a set of scenarios and challenges students to give the correct referencing protocol in each situation.

Activity time: 20 minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Helpsheet, Word Document, Quiz

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References and bibliographies booklet

This 71-page booklet explains when to reference, how to reference (using the Harvard style), gives examples of different forms of referencing, including some of the less common sources, and includes two assignments to demonstrate referencing in action.

Activity time: Unknown time

Types of media: Handout/s

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What’s the point of referencing?

Student essay in response to a 2009 LearnHigher competition on 'What is the point of referencing?’. Together with a tutor commentary, the essay sets out and explores three for referencing: to construct, structure, support and communicate arguments; to link work to the existing
body of knowledge; and how referencing can add credibility to academic work.

Activity time: 30 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s

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Checking your assignments’ references

This resource highlights the importance of referencing to the overall assignment quality. The resource directs students to proof-read their work and identify correct use of referencing in the main body of the essay, as well as in the reference list itself.

Activity time: 30 Minutes

Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet

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