Increasing Professionalism Part 4: How to Cite References.

4 How do I do the referencing, then?

The whole point of referencing is for the person who is reading your materials to be able to find information that you are referring to (Saunders et al., 2012, p.46). This will be achieved if we include enough detail to find the piece of information even e.g. if the link has been changed.

Here are the pieces of information that may help us achieve this (“Citation – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia,” n.d.):

“Citation content can vary depending on the type of source and may include:

  • Book: author(s), book title, publisher, date of publication, and page number(s) if appropriate.[6][7]
  • Journal: author(s), article title, journal title, date of publication, and page number(s). <…>
  • Web site: author(s), article and publication title where appropriate, as well as a URL, and a date when the site was accessed. <…>
  • Interview: name of interviewer, interview descriptor (ex. personal interview) and date of interview. “

Question: Can you spot which referencing system I use in this article 🙂 ? And can you see how many types of sources are referenced above?

Answer: it is Harvard referencing system. And there are two types of the sources: a book and websites.

So, the reference for the knitting instruction book in our knitting instruction video could be:

(Smith, 2008, pp. 12-20.)

If you do not like this referencing convention, there are others, see here and choose the one that appeals here (“Citation – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia,” n.d.).

If you enjoy using software for this purpose, many people find Zotero is helpful when referencing (it’s free).

So, how can we encourage this as best practice? (Part 5)

Introduction | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Bibliography