(in 3.6) Supporting students to reference well

Peter Gledhill, Bea Turpin and Paul Stewart, Sheffield Hallam University

There are two main elements to referencing: incorporating appropriate sources into academic writing; formatting citations and reference lists/bibliographies

This poster will share best practice in teaching and supporting students with these key aspects of referencing. The first part will focus on referencing for academic writing.   How can we best support students with this?  Who should deliver this support/these sessions? We explore some of the reasons we see for poor and inappropriate use of referencing and summarise the relevant literature, including reasons for plagiarism, and the difficulties that students experience.  Do students have sufficient understanding of what is expected of them or the skills to put that into place?  Are there differences between students at different levels, different backgrounds?

The second part looks at formatting references and consideration of referencing styles.  Does it really matter what referencing style is used?  We look at the different referencing tools being supported at SHU, virtual referencing help and some new products we are considering.

There are opportunities to use alternative products such as RefWorks Flow and to sign up to current trial; we are always keen to explore with interested parties how we can work with a wider range of courses.