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on 29 March 2009
An outstandingly comprehensive and useful guide which I would recommend to everyone doing original research for writing an essay, dissertation, research paper or book, including all students at secondary and higher education levels, their teachers and/or supervisors, authors, librarians and other non-academic researchers.

Despite the level of very necessary detail covered, this guide is very easy to use, in part thanks to clear sub-sections and contrasting typography, the inclusion of many practical examples of references, a helpful glossary and a comprehensive index which, hitherto, I have always found to be effective.

Coverage of the necessary material divides is split into five logically separate sections.

Section A introduces referencing, what it is and why it needs to be done. There are helpful comments on how to avoid plagiarism, the significance of both common knowledge and confidential information for the referencing process and the question of which referencing style to use.

Section B summarises the most important methods of displaying citations and quotations within a body of text. Section C does the same for displaying references in a reference list and/or bibliography. Both sections use copious examples to demonstrate theoretical points raised. The most common sources are dealt with, namely books, individual book chapters, journal articles (printed and electronic), newspaper articles and internet web sites.

Section D includes individual sections on every conceivable source type that might be encountered and how referencing is done for each source type, again with practical examples. For this section, the Harvard (author-date) style is followed. To name but some source types included, conference papers, theses, Virtual Learning Environment content pages, British Standards, patents, mathematical equations, cartoons, maps, radio and TV programmes, musical scores, podcasts, genealogical sources and, increasingly, internet and online source material are all included. I hope this list in part demonstrates the thoroughness of this book's coverage in detail. The increasing need for reference to electronic sources necessitates purchase of this latest edition rather than the earlier two editions.

Section E covers the essentials of alternative styles to the Harvard referencing style, namely the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA), the American Psychological Association (APA), the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA).

My one criticism is that there is little emphasis given as to when referencing should be carried out during the research and writing process, apart from some very brief indications on page 12 under 'How to avoid plagiarism'. Referencing needs to be done for each source at the time of use rather than as a comprehensive exercise done after all research has been completed, as I have found out from encounters with college students completing their written assignments and being unable to re-locate materials previously used so that they can recheck referencing details. This criticism does not detract significantly from my overall assessment.

Lastly, this book retails at a very reasonable price. Definitely, excellent value for money!
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on 27 February 2017
Really great book. Explains different types of referencing including Harvard which is the one you need at university. It gives examples of references too so you can be sure you have got it right.
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on 29 May 2017
A1
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on 30 April 2017
Very useful I keep it by my side when writing assignments
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on 12 April 2017
Ok. The book was what i wanted, still hard to read but im getting it.
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on 4 October 2014
A must for university students!
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on 22 April 2009
If you're looking at going to college or university, this book is fantastic and a must have. Well layed out with great explanation.
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on 22 February 2010
I am using this book for my Degree. I had never had to use referencing before this and had basically NO clue. This book is very 'user friendly' and has every reference you could ever need. This honestly is the best book I have ever bought and will see me right through my degree. I highly recommend this book it will take away all the stress in trying to sort your referencing out.
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on 11 May 2013
If you have no clue whatsoever how to reference you will learn from this book.
Different referencing systems are explained well and the book is just easy to read. Highly recommended!
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on 26 May 2010
Excellent source when having to use Harvard referencing. Recommended by Uni (Plymouth)and peers. Looks horrific to use initially but is actually very easy to use! (Honest!) Very clearly laid out with examples for each source of reference and in text citation examples too. Several other methods of referencing are referred to, but the bulk of the book is the Harvard way.
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