At the Library, we are experts at citing and referencing and can help your students to understand and apply this crucial skill, which is required in assignments at university level to:
- demonstrate the credibility of their ideas
- validate their work
- give due credit to the research of others, and
- allow readers to locate the original sources used for ideas and evidence in an assignment.
- incorrect use of commas, italics and ampersands
- spelling inconsistencies
- overuse of direct quotes
- incorrect use of ‘et al.’
- wrong order of multiple citations in a single parenthesis
- failure to include a DOI for journal articles if appropriate for the style
- failure to list all cited sources in the reference list and to do so in accurate alphabetical order
- general formatting errors such as spacing and use of hanging indents
- inability to correctly identify the resource type they are dealing with.
Five ways the Library can help your students with citing and referencing1. Library Guides – Citing and Referencing and EndNote
We create Library guides to pull together useful resources on a variety of research skills topics or subject areas all in the one place. The Citing and Referencing Library Guide covers the full range of citing and referencing styles used at Monash. Students can learn about why, how and when to cite and reference for their next assignment or research paper there.
Similarly, EndNote is a very useful reference management software that stores and automatically creates citations, references and bibliographies for assignments in the required style. Of course, EndNote is not foolproof, so we recommend that students understand how citations and references are used in academic writing when using the program to ensure accuracy. For a comprehensive guide to using Endnote, including "how to use it" tutorials, see our EndNote Library Guide
2. Demystifying Citing and Referencing - tutorial
The Library has also created an online, interactive citing and referencing tutorial which includes activities and short self-assessment quizzes. It has been designed to teach the principles of citing and referencing, and understand how to avoid plagiarising when integrating source material. This valuable tutorial takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
3. Research and Learning Point – drop-in sessions
Students can drop in for a 15 minute consultation with a Subject Librarian or Learning Skills Adviser at the Library. At a drop-in session students can get advice on research for their assignments, academic communication and study skills including citing and referencing.
There is no need for them to make an appointment and students are seen on a first come, first served basis. This service is offered between week two to twelve at all Monash libraries. See session times here.
4. Library program, resource or activity embedded in curriculum
We can work with you to design and teach a particular segment, class or resource as part of the academic curriculum for your unit, to ensure that students know the principles of citing and referencing and how to apply them for your assignments and projects.
Contact our specialist staff to discuss further
5. One on one consultations (postgraduate students)
Librarians and learning skills advisers have specialist knowledge of resources and publishing in various subject disciplines. Postgraduate students are entitled to make individual appointments with their subject librarian and learning skills adviser at any stage of their research. We can provide you with specialist advice about citing and referencing for thesis or journal article submission.
Contact our specialist staff to make an appointment.
So, if citing and referencing evokes a sense of dread in your students, help is always available from the Library both in person and online!