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Science: Referencing

Subject guide for Science

What is Referencing

When you write an assignment at the Institute you are required to indicate that you have used the ideas and written material belonging to other authors in your own work both in the text of your assignment and in a reference list at the end of your assignment. This practice of acknowledging authors is known as referencing.

Referencing has 2 essential elements:

  • Citing - acknowledging sources within the text.
  • Reference list- detailed list of references which have been cited within the text.

Write it Right Guide

Approved by Academic Council in 2011 and authored by senior members of library staff and involving the LIT Quality Office "Write it Right" are the official referencing guidelines for the Institute and they provide guidance and support in an area that can often prove daunting for learners.
The Library offers training in referencing, citation and plagiarism as well as bibliographic software Endnote.
Contact the library issue desk for further information.

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EndNote is used to store and organize references and create bibliographies and figure lists instantly. LIT has an EndNote site licence so the software is already available for use on campus.

To access EndNote online browse to - to sign up initially you must be on campus (LIT domain).

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