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How to use Cite them right

We suggest that those new to referencing, or those that could benefit from a refresher, head straight to the Cite them right eLearning tutorial. This 1 hour interactive tutorial (divided into sections which each take approximately 5 minutes to complete) covers the importance of referencing, how to write citations and build references. It also offers the opportunity to test knowledge and confirm understanding in the practice of referencing.

  • You can use the search feature to find the specific source that you would like to reference.
  • Alternatively, the navigation menu can be used to browse the categories and the 150+ source types for which guidance is provided.
  • Once you’ve found the source type you’re interested in, you can use the dropdown menu to view the source in your required referencing style.
  • The ‘You try’ feature on the source pages enables you to easily construct your own reference by replacing the example text with information relevant to your source.
  • You can either copy/paste your reference into an assignment or email it to yourself.
  • Alternatively, you can browse by referencing style using the panel on the homepage.

The ‘Basics’ section, ‘Editor’s highlights’, ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ and ‘Advice from the Experts’ on the homepage provide different entry points and advice to support you in all matters related to referencing.

Cite them right works on your tablet or smartphone, so you’ll always have the guidance you need at hand.

The story of Cite them right

The number and variety of sources that can be referenced in academic work has exploded over the last 25 years. Cite them right began life, in 1992, as an A4 sheet of guidance on referencing several printed sources. In 1995 it had developed into a 20 page pamphlet (compiled by Graham Shields and Graham Walton) and provided a basic referencing guide for students at their university. This was so helpful that the pamphlet grew first into a booklet, then into Cite them right the book, a complete referencing guide by Richard Pears and Graham Shields.

Cite them right was innovative because it expanded to include new types of source material with each new edition. Graham and Richard also took great care to incorporate user feedback to make Cite them right as up-to-date and useful for students and lecturers as possible.

Today, Cite them right is in its 11th edition and has also been re-envisaged as this user-friendly online platform. Having instant access to Cite them right makes it easier than ever to reference the sources that matter to you and expand the frontiers of academic discourse.

The Cite Them Right 11th Edition book cover
Cite them right
The Essential Referencing Guide, 11th edition
by Richard Pears and Graham Shields
Series: Macmillan Study Skills

About the Cite them right textbook

The Cite them right textbook can be used alongside the online platform.

Key features:
  • Cite any information source, from ancient texts to Twitter
  • Examples are given in Harvard, APA, Chicago, IEEE, MHRA, MLA, OSCOLA, and Vancouver referencing styles
  • Simplified advice on referencing online publications
  • Diverse range of sources covered, including translated and non-English publications, graffiti, packaging, wills, medical images, statues, PowerPoint presentations and more
  • Guidance on plagiarism and how to avoid it



What's new in Cite them right ?

This is a record of content updates. Any changes to the Cite them right referencing policy will be listed here.

  • 8th May 2019 - New referencing style - IEEE added
  • 14th September 2016 - 16 new sources now have added MHRA guidance, including Twitter and Plays
  • 12th September 2016 - Guidance for referencing a Journal article with multiple authors updated to use et al in the reference list
  • 15th July 2016 - New referencing style - Chicago - added, covering 20 different sources
  • 1st April 2015 - 24 new sources now have added APA and MLA guidance, including Newspaper articles, Photographs from the internet and Web pages with no authors.
  • 1st October 2014 - New guidance added on referencing 'Mood boards' using Harvard to Media and art > Visual sources > Mood boards
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