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An excellent guide to referencing
on 8 September 2016
One of the best books available for students on reference management. The up-to-date coverage includes citing material such as social media, art works and lecture notes that are often not covered by similar works. The concise and clear layout of the book makes it very easy to locate referencing guidelines for almost any given type of material and each type of reference is illustrated with clear examples of both the appropriate in-text citation and the bibliography entry. Common referencing styles are covered such as Harvard, APA, MLA, Vancouver and Chicago (amongst others).There are also nice additional touches such as a discussion on avoiding plagiarism and the reasons for referencing and a glossary which explains terms such as 'op. cit.', 'ibid.' and 'sic.' which I have certainly found can confuse some students. This book is highly suitable for undergraduate students, but A-level and also graduate students who struggle with referencing would benefit.
My one gripe with the text is that it barely mentions the use of Reference Management Software (such as RefWorks, EndNote, Mendeley etc.) to help with referencing. An additional paragraph or two to note the benefits and pitfalls of using this kind of software in a future edition would be good.