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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

Listening cat (Dave Morris 2005)Having books read aloud can really bring them to life. Many audiobooks and podcasts on the subject of books and reading are possible to download for free online. For example, BBC Radio 4 has ‘Book at Bedtime’ with dramatised versions of famous and great books. They divide the stories into 15 minute episodes that air on weekdays at 22.45. You can listen online to episodes for free for up to 4 weeks after they have been aired. You can find them on the iPlayer radio, there’s a mobile app for that or you can listen to it on the computer.

The next book reading (22nd December) is going to be ‘The Diary of a Provincial Lady’. It’s a comedy written by EM Delafield set in 1930s Britain and according to this review it is a real hoot (despite it’s age and fusty-sounding title).

Previous books they had broadcast include ‘The Bone Clocks’ by David Mitchell and ‘The Miniaturist’ by Jessie Burton. Both of these books have been highlighted on a number of prominent lists looking back at the best books of the year. So the books chosen are leading-edge and in high demand, getting them for free and often read by famous actors makes subscribing to their newsletter worthwhile. The LRC team are putting together a poll on which award-winning fiction books to buy in paperback copy in the New Year – so watch this space!


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