It is important when referencing within your academic work to:
There are a number of referencing styles. Academic writing in the field of Education tends to use an author-date style such as Harvard or APA. There are many versions of Harvard which all vary slightly in terms of layout and punctuation.
If you are unsure how APA or author-date citations should look, take a look at our guide below.
There is software available that can help you keep track of your references. The Bodleian Education Library particularly supports Mendeley so many students chose to use this tool. To explore other software, see the Bodleian Libraries comparison guide.
If you are using the Mendeley reference manager the default style is APA and this is acceptable for use in your assignments here in the Department of Education.
This means you can use Mendeley to automatically insert citations into your assignments and to help you create your reference list.
Our Bodleian iSkills workshop Referencing: choosing and using software introduces the main features of reference management tools and considers the issues to think about when choosing software. View the introductory presentation from the workshop below and book a place at our next workshop to try out four different software tools for yourself.
Prefer text? The information in the video is summarized in the text boxes below
Mendely is a freely available reference manager and academic social network with web-based, desktop and mobile versions. You can sync your library between these different versions and across different computers.
With a free account you get 2GB of web space and can create 1 private groups with up to 3 users. You can upgrade to a premium plan if you need more space or groups.
Offline PDF of full text
From online databases and other reference management software
Import files saved as XML, BibTex or RIS.
Sync with Zotero or Citeulike