There are some amazing tools out there, like Zotero, that can really cut the drudge out of referencing. However, I think there is still an argument for a few lessons on referencing with students. It's important for them to understand the basic idea of referencing - that it exists for a reason, not just to make their life difficult. And maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I also think it is worth knowing where all the words, numbers, commas and full stops go, just in case this whole computer malarkey doesn't work out.
I put together this short lesson as an introduction to two things for students. First of all, it introduces them to the wonderful Anglia Ruskin referencing webpage and gets them to explore it a little bit. It really is such a helpful webpage and answers almost every referencing question you can think of.
The second part of the lesson breaks down a typical book reference and gets students to recognise the little bits and bobs and then try to do one themselves.
The lesson is only one page and might take about 20 - 30 minutes. If you have any comments or suggestions, please let me know.
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