Why and how should I reference?

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Improving your referencing skills

Student in the libraryStudents are often accused of plagiarism due to incomplete or incorrect referencing. As you need to incorporate other people's ideas in your writing based on your reading, this workshop will help ensure you can reference appropriately and not be accused of copying.

In this 2 hour workshop we focus on:

  • What is referencing and why do we need it?
  • What is the difference between in-text referencing and a list of references?
  • What is the difference between a direct quote and an indirect quote? How can you incorporate each one into your writing effectively?
  • What is 'combining sources' and how do you do it?
  • What is the best way of combining your own ideas on a subject to those of the texts you have read?
  • How can you show the person marking your work which ideas are yours and which belong to a different source?
  • What is the difference between paraphrasing and summarising?
  • How can you paraphrase and summarise in order to avoid plagiarism?
  • Where can you find further information on this topic?

Booking a place on this workshop

PLEASE NOTE: The sessions for this workshop have now finished for the academic year 2017-18.

Help and support will be available in Semester C at the CAE drop-ins in the LRCs at these times:

  • 23-27 April Monday-Friday 10:00-14:00– both campuses
  • 30 April–25 June Monday and Wednesday 10.00-14.00 LRC De Havilland campus only, Tuesday and Thursday 10.00-14.00 LRC College Lane only.

Please email aessd@herts.ac.uk if you have further questions about any aspect of the AESSD programme.

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