Do you know the correct way to cite the sources of information you’re using for your assignments and thesis? Are you collecting the right information about your sources whilst you’re doing your research? And, when it comes to writing up your work, which layout should you use to present your reference list? Comprehensive and accurate referencing enhances the presentation of your work, often improves your marks, and helps you to avoid plaigiarism.

As well as books and journal articles, you may also need to acknowledge ideas from newspaper articles, conference proceedings, maps, websites, blogs, or personal communications such as emails and interviews. The Library’s citing and referencing guide gives you layouts and examples of how to reference all these and many more, together with guidelines on how to cite sources within your work. You can either view the guide online as a PDF from the Library website, or pop into any Imperial College London Library and pick up a hard-wearing booklet version.

Olivia & Blackboard

Other information on referencing can also be found in Section 3.3 What do I do with the information I find – Referencing of Olivia, the Library’s online teaching course. This is available 24/7 via Blackboard. You can refer to Olivia for other information as well, such as formats for academic writing, keeping up to date with RSS feeds etc, and a wealth of other useful information to aid you in your studies.

Bibliographic Software

The Library also provides information and training in using RefWorks, Reference Manager, EndNote, and EndNote Web. These bibliographic software packages allow you to manage all the references you need for your papers, reports, theses, or essays by enabling you to keep them in your own personal database or library. To find out more about these resources visit the Reference Management area of the Library website.

Social/academic Bookmarking

The are two free online tools which you may find useful to help manage your online references. Social/academic bookmarking tools,  Connotea (developed by Nature) and citeulike (developed for academics and researchers) offer similar functions to delicious.

You create an account which you can access over the internet and bookmark your favourite websites – as you would to your web browser favourites. The advantages are that you can tag web pages and search for web pages that other people have tagged.  Connotea and citeulike also harvest the relevant website or online journal information so it can be exported to most reference management software systems too.

Finding Help

Please contact Elizabeth if you have any referencing queries or need any help.

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