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You've finished our introductory lesson to quoting and referencing. Reinforce your learning by putting your new skills into practice as soon as possible. Next time you do some reading for your course, make some quotations and in-text references to go with them, and write out reference list entries for your sources. Apart from being good practice, this is also an excellent note-making habit which will save you a lot of time in the long run, as you will only ever have to look up a reference once.

Acknowledgements and further resources

  1. All the sources Alison used in her essay may be found in UWIC's libraries and electronic resources collections.
  1. 'Alison's essay' was written by the Academic Skills team for teaching purposes.
  1. For further learning resources about referencing, visit the UWIC Academic Skills web space. Use the 'Quoting and referencing' tab to find many referencing guides, downloadable quotation forms, and directions how to use the electronic referencing tools found in Microsoft Office.
  1. If you cannot find answers to your referencing queries using our site, you can email your query to the team: We will never write your reference for you but we will do our best to tell you how!
  1. We welcome any comments or suggestions you have about this lesson.


Quoting from, and referencing, more unusual or difficult sources will be covered in a more advanced lesson to be released in early autumn 2010. You will certainly have many questions about how to reference sources you have come across, in particular the ones relating to specialist areas of your subject. You can appreciate we cannot cover referencing all sources in an introductory lesson.

As we noted at the beginning, if in doubt, use your common sense. Ask whether your reader could find your source using the information you have provided, and find which part of the source you have used. If the answer is 'yes', your referencing is successful.

Good luck!