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Help with referencing: I'm supporting students with their referencing

Our advice for students using APA referencing is based on the 6th edition of the APA's Publication Manual.  A new, 7th, edition has been published but students should continue to follow advice and use tools based on APA 6th edition.

Supporting students with their referencing

This page contains materials to support your students develop their referencing skills. This includes two referencing teaching tool kits which contains a range of teaching resources for example, workshop materials including a lesson plan, handouts, video resources and details of post-session activities that can reinforce learning.

If you would like any more information about using the tool kits please contact your Learning and Teaching Support Librarian.

Teaching toolkit 1: Introduction to referencing and APA


This is a one hour workshop or lecture aimed at students who are new to referencing. It has interactive activities and can be delivered in a lecture or workshop setting. There are also optional add-on sets of subject slides included which highlight how to reference sources common to specific disciplines. The toolkit contains:

  1. PowerPoint presentation with interactive student activities to introduce why we reference, plagiarism and the basics of referencing using APA.
  2. Lesson plan including learning outcomes and description of range of activities
  3. Student hand-outs
  4. Post-session reinforcement through Interactive online learning resource
  5. Optional add on slides for the presentation  which provide subject contextualisation.

The toolkit materials are found here

Teaching toolkit 2: Using ProQuest RefWorks


 This is a one hour workshop introduces students to RefWorks. There are currently 2 versions of RefWorks available, Legacy RefWorks and ProQuest RefWorks which is also known as New RefWorks. This session is based on ProQuest RefWorks (new version). The session has hands-on activities for students.  The toolkit contains:

  1. PowerPoint presentation with student activities
  2. Lesson plan including learning outcomes and description of activities
  3. Student worksheet
  4. Post-session reinforcement through use of short videos

The toolkit materials are found here

Assessment guidance for referencing

Referencing support for staff video

Collaborative partner toolkits

Two online toolkits are available for collaborative partner academic and library staff to use. They are available on the Staff tab of each Hallam/partner website.

Additional referencing resources

Below are links to further materials and teaching activities.