So here in the library we’ve had a bit of a lightbulb moment, as we’ve realised that some folk might be getting all those referencing widgets, apps, sites and tools confused. So here’s what all students need to know…
Cite Them Right Online: this is the website that the university pays a subscription for, so that all registered students can access it through your log in. Find links to it including a great big logo on the referencing page.
What it is: Cite Them Right Online covers all the referencing basics, including what citing looks like in your writing, secondary referencing and the differences between quoting, paraphrasing and summarising. You can pick a type of source and see how it is referenced. Books, articles, reports, VLE materials, films, unpublished material, legal stuff, discussion forums, games…. Cite Them Right Online is the place to go if you need to reference a source and your short guide doesn’t cover it. Though it is generally focused on Harvard, it also has drop-down options to switch to APA, MHRA, OSCOLA and Vancouver.
What it isn’t: It won’t store your references for you, or do your references for you. It provides additional support and advice beyond the short guide we provide at the askalibrarian desk.
It is not the definitive guide for non-Harvard styles. If you want the official guidance for MHRA, OSCOLA or APA, see the links provided on the referencing page.
It is not Cite This For Me. Some students may remember a free tool with a mobile app called RefMe, which later sold out to another company who absorbed it into Cite This For Me. This will generate references for you and the styles we recommend at the University are included in its citation styles (Cite Them Right Harvard 10th edition, APA, MHRA, Vancouver and OSCOLA). However, the information Cite This for Me uses to generate references may not be entirely reliable, so any student using the references in their submitted assignment are strongly advised to proof-read the final reference list, and make sure it is consistent with the style shown in your referencing guide.