How to use referencing effectively to demonstrate your knowledge, understanding and critical thinking skills
For questions about formatting references you can attend an ASA drop in, every Wednesday 1 - 3pm in the library. Click here for more information.
This workshop is applicable to students following any referencing style. While our online resources provide guidance on referencing correctly and appropriately, this workshop focuses on referencing effectively (see chart below). It introduces different techniques for referring to sources in your work and explores how these can help you demonstrate your knowledge, understanding and critical thinking skills. Opportunities to practise your skills and ask questions will also be included.
By the end of the session you will:
1: Understand the importance of referencing in demonstrating your knowledge, understanding and critical thinking skills.
2: Be able to use quoting, paraphrasing and summarising to incorporate sources effectively into your own writing.
3: Choose words and phrases that demonstrate a critical approach to sources.
Please note: This workshop uses Harvard style examples but is applicable to students following any referencing style.
Three aspects of good referencing
Are you formatting citations and reference lists correctly?
Do you know when you need to reference (and when you do not)?
Does your use of sources demonstrate your understanding?