Tuesday 2 December 2014

In-text referencing

To carry on from the previous lesson which introduced the idea of Harvard referencing and recognising the elements in the bibliography, this is a short little lesson which acts as an introduction to in-text referencing (According to Smith (1990, p. 5), blah, blah, blah, blah).

I think a lot of students struggle with this concept and can end up inadvertently plagiarising because they may not really get the why and the how of using references. I think there is scope for a nice general, introductory, discussion based lesson on referencing - the purpose or need for it - which I might do later. And actually, that kind of lesson would be really suitable at the start of a course; to get students to buy into the concept of referencing and to see the need for it.

Unfortunately, this lesson isn't that kind of lesson (I will do up something on that lesson in a later post and put a link to it here). Instead, this lesson focuses on the nuts and bolts of in-text referencing.

It should take about 30 minutes and gives students a chance to practise creating accurate, Harvard style, in text references. Please let me know if you have any thoughts or suggestions.

Click here for a PDF of the lesson 

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