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Veterinary Nursing: Referencing

What is referencing? Why do you need it?

At University it is very important that your work is fully referenced. This means you must provide details of your sources wherever you draw arguments, ideas, facts or quotations from other authors. Always keep a note of your references and always check them against Cite Them Right Online

References show your tutors the research that has informed your writing, and helps back up the arguments you put forward in your work. Giving detailed references is also necessary to avoid plagiarism. If you are worried about this issue, please see our referencing guide pages on plagiarism.

What is referencing? Why do you need it?

At University it is very important that your work is fully referenced. This means you must provide details of your sources wherever you draw arguments, ideas, facts or quotations from other authors.

Make sure you read our library guide on referencing.

This shows your tutors the valuable research that has informed your writing, and helps back up the arguments you put forward in your work. Giving detailed references is also necessary to avoid plagiarism. If you are worried about this issue, please see our referencing guide pages on plagiarism.

Turnitin is an Assignment Drop-Box tool which is set up by your lecturer. It is located within your module information in myUniHub:
UniHub > myUniHub > My Study > My Learning > Learning modules >  Module

For more help see our guide.

Using Refworks?

Want to sign up to new RefWorks?

To set up a new RefWorks account go to sign up.

  • Use your Middlesex email address.
  • When you leave Middlesex you can switch to a limited free account.  Change your email address in your account settings.

For help with Refworks see our guide.

Your in-text citations - some examples

Your citations should include:

  • the author's surname
  • the year the book/journal/webpage etc was published.
  • It may also include the page number(s) if appropriate - for example if you are quoting directly from a particular page, or paraphrasing something from a particular page.
  • the citation and reference author must be the same

You can either flow the author’s name naturally into your sentence, with the date and page number in brackets next to it, or alternatively, where you make an assertion, all of the citation can be placed in brackets.

Examples

May (2012, p.32) states that manual restraint should only be carried out during radiography when necessary.

A recent study (Reid et al., 2013) developed a questionnaire to measure health-related quality of life...

The Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs outlines the need for a suitable diet (DEFRA, 2009).

To see a sample text and reference list using the Harvard style visit the Cite Them Right website

Referencing your work

Cite them right online logo

It's very important to reference your work correctly.

Cite Them Right Online will help you to reference just about any source using the Harvard referencing style.

Captions

If you include figures, diagrams or images in your work, remember to:

  1. caption the images (with a figure number and some details about the image);
  2. refer to them in your text (tell the reader when to look at the image);
  3. give details about where the images came from in your reference list .

Image of a cat's paw

Fig. 1. Paw (2008) - of course this is not a serious example!

  1. caption your image in the text as shown above
  2. refer to the image in your text eg. (see fig. 1)
  3. In your Reference list

Referencing guide sheet

This worksheet provides examples following the Harvard Cite Them Right guidelines for referencing. If you are in doubt regarding which guidelines you should be using, please check with your Module Leader.

Understanding the originality report from Turnitin