Giving credit when credit is due…

With so many learning resources available nowadays it’s very easy to forget good referencing practice; this is important for both students and teachers to remember and also put into practice.

WIOTs Learning how to learn guide spells out the ground rules pretty succinctly;  If you use or refer to someone else’s words, thoughts and/or ideas in your own writing, then you must acknowledge that person’s work.

It’s very easy to get caught “in the moment” and honestly forget to give an authour the credit they deserve, but sometimes it’s because the writer may not have the tools to do the job correctly. Some may say that that’s no excuse and they’re probably correct but let’s move forward and show you the Referencing tools available to you and your students via MS Word and then there will be no excuse not to.

Why use this tool?

There are a number of good reasons to use this tool, some of which are-

  • Its ease of use.
  • Being a feature of a Microsoft product means that it will be widely available both on and off campus.
  • The reference list can be stored on a USB drive for portability.
  • Did I mention its ease of use?

Referencing in easy steps

  1. Click here for a very simple description of where to find the Referencing tab on the MS Word Ribbon bar.
  2. The next clip will show you the tools that are available within the Citations & Bibliography group from the References tab.
  3. This clip will demonstrate how to add a source to your reference list
  4. The following clip will show you the different ways you can add inline citations to your work.
  5. This last clip will demonstrate how to add a bibliography to your work.

Please feel free to share the links to these clips with your students as it will be of benefit to them not only in your classes but it will provide them with some important knowledge for their future studies also.

There are many other referencing tools available not just this one, please feel free to leave a comment on your favourite referencing tool by clicking on the comments link below.

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2 responses to “Giving credit when credit is due…

  1. Geoff this is great! I have shared these referencing tips on my Facebook page just in case it’s useful to our daughters at uni. Thanks for the info – I’m sure I will be using it a lot.

    • Glad to help. Be aware though that most HE Institutions have proprietary software that takes Referencing & Citing to a new level.

      Keep following our posts though- more to come on Blended Learning theory and practice in upcoming posts.

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