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Advice and study skills information for our students

Advice and Study Skills

Correct referencing is important for a number of reasons:
  • Avoids inadvertent plagiarism.
  • Demonstrates a range of reading.
  • Allows others to check your sources, follow up information, evaluate your interpretation.
  • Shows courtesy in recognising the contribution of other scholars.
  • Demonstrates engagement with the scholarly community.


Refer to the Turnitin Student Handbook for guidance on how to use the Turnitin system for submitting your assignments.


There are various referencing systems in use - consult your Student Handbook for the system used on your course.


Download a copy of guidance notes on Study Skills. These notes are taken from the BDiv programme handbook, so be aware that other programmes may have different requirements. Topics covered include:

  • How to study
  • How to take notes
  • How to write your assignment
  • How to do referencing and bibliography
  • Plagiarism and copyright
  • Preparing for exams


The site below is one of many that will format your reference information for you:
http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/lobo2/citationbuilder/citationbuilder.php
Whilst quite a laborious way of styling references correctly, it gives a good idea of what a reference should look like.


The following site contains many links to citing, writing and style guides:
http://www.aresearchguide.com/styleguides.html


To insert a footnote using Microsoft Word:
Go to ‘Insert', 'Reference', ‘footnote', or click on the AB1 icon on the tool bar.

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