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Cite Them RightWe were recently asked to provide referencing revision sessions across all our longer courses as tutors felt it would be a timely reminder half way through the year.

Despite knowing about online referencing generators, Learning Resources have been reluctant to teach to any particular one as none seemed to match what we taught and we felt it would only confuse students. However, our research continued and we are now promoting RefMe. This is freely available on the desktop and as a mobile app. We particularly like this generator because when students select the Harvard style, it relates specifically to Cite them right 9th edition by Pears and Shields and published by Palgrave. This is the style we teach across the college. Data can be generated digitally (through a dropdown selection) or manually and students can generate multiple bibliographies, all saved on the cloud.

Our level 2 sessions were evaluated using electronic post-it notes provided by Linoit. Here is a selection of student comments (thank you for being guinea pigs) which were all very positive:

  • This is really cool. I won’t lose track of my references
  • RefMe makes life easy
  • It is a time saver. It will make my references very clear to read. It shows I am not plagiarising
  • It will help me to be organised
My linoit board of tasks

My linoit board of tasks today

Hello all, I am Philippa and I joined the LRC team two weeks ago. I have just finished my Masters in Information and Library Studies so it’s wonderful to be able to see how everything I’ve learnt has real life applications. I have been busy learning the ropes and meeting everyone.

Here are some key online resources I have been becoming familiar with:

Dawsonera ebooks

Available through the MyAthens sign on page. This is great for accessing books 24/7 and you can’t lose them or spill coffee on them! We are keen to add more ebooks and get them used more by everyone. They can be a bit difficult to handle to start with, but it is possible to read online or you can download and/or print out useful segments (being respectful of copyright restrictions).

TIP: I found out for downloaded ebooks in Adobe Reader you can customise the colour settings of the paper background and text. This is under the options toolbar: Edit –> Preferences –> Accessibility then checking the box ‘Replace document colors’.

Referencing handbook

We held referencing induction sessions with the access courses. Getting all the right bits of bibliographic information in the right order can be frustrating but correct referencing is essential for academic integrity.

TIP: I write out the full reference when taking notes from a resource. The details don’t have to be in the right order straight away – although it helps. As long as you jot down the key fields like author, date and title then you can often revisit the resource by looking it up on the catalogue or on the internet later. The handbook produced by the University of Lincoln can help you when it comes to writing out the references in full. The handbook can be found on the VLE (under the blocks Library and Learning Resources –>  LRC Referencing and Plagiarism –> Text Assistance).

Linoit (memo board)

I was introduced to this virtual pinboard for memos and tasks (or anything you want!). I found it simple to post ‘stickies’ and to peel them off once they are done (in the right hand corner of the sticky).

TIP: I like changing the colour of the sticky memo and giving it a cute icon to make task management more appealing. You can read more about task management in Stella Cottrell’s book ‘Skills for Success’.

If you have any tips or good experiences using these resources please comment below or come and talk to me during the week. I would be delighted to hear from you either way!


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