5 days of referencing (#su5dor). Day 1.

Day 1. Referencing Books
Welcome to this short online course which will run over the next 5 days.  Although this is specifically tailored for those in M17 studying module SHN126 there are tips which any student using APA style of referencing can use.

We will cover the basics to help you get started with APA style referencing and give you some advice on tools you can use to help you.  The College of Human and Health Sciences have chosen the APA 6th edition style of referencing for you to use because it is a widely recognised style and has set rules around how to reference different types of material.

It is an author/date style of referencing which basically means you cite the author(s) surname(s) and the date of publication in the text of your assignment and then the full details of the resources you used (books, journal articles, online documents) in an alphabetical list at the end called a reference list.  There is a full and comprehensive APA referencing guide available on your Library Guides pages.

Why do I have to reference?
One question we get asked a lot is why is correct referencing so important in assignments? Referencing is a very important part of your academic course.  If you use someone else’s work without acknowledging them you will be committing plagiarism.  Referencing correctly will not only give the author of the work full recognition but also demonstrate to your lecturer you have read academic sources and read widely.  The key to referencing well in an assignment is to always use good reliable sources.  Finding stuff on the internet is easy; finding good reliable stuff on the internet is a little more challenging.

We would always recommend you start by looking at the reading list provided to you by your lecturer on Blackboard.  Look to the left of the screen in your Blackboard module (ie: SHN126) and you can see a link to the interactive reading list.

Each resource in the reading list will allow you to click on it and it will take you back to ifind, the library catalogue.  The library catalogue will give you enough bibliographic information to be able to reference the resource you need.

Referencing Books
Let’s start with referencing a book today. If we look at the reading list SHN126 your lecturer recommends you read a book called Dementia care in nursing written by Sue Barker and Michele Board.

The main sections you need to make a note of in order to reference a book correctly are:

  • Author(s) or Editor(s)
  • Year of publication
  • Title of book
  • Edition (if applicable)
  • Place of publication
  • Publisher

If you have the book in front of you, you can normally find this information on the cover and inside the title page.

This is how this book would look in the reference list
Barker, S., & Board, M. (2012). Dementia care in nursing. London: Learning Matters.

In text citation
If you wanted to cite this book in text, there are 2 ways you can do this:

At the start of the sentence:
According to Barker and Board (2012) having the ability and skills to communicate well with dementia patients is vital.

At the end of the sentence:
Having the ability and skills to communicate well with dementia patients is vital (Barker & Board, 2012).

Note: Link the two authors’ names with and when cited outside parentheses. Link with an ampersand (&) inside parentheses.

Got a question? Just ask us using the Ask a Librarian Live Chat button, using the comments section in the blog or via twitter using #su5dor – Tomorrow we’ll look at journal articles.

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