Referencing for Sports Students: Find it, Suss it, Cite it! Virginia Power Resources & eLearning Manager Bridgwater College 2013http://www.flickr.com/photos/83633410@N07/7658278494/sizes/m/in/photostream/
Why Bother?• Because you have to!• Because it shows how much you have researched• Because your tutor might find out something that they want to follow up• Because it is good practice for ALL your future work
What the assessors say• Bibliographies and source references are (still) too internet based,; the use of ‘anon’ or ‘unknown’ in bibliographies must stop• There were hardly any academic texts or journal articles cited in any of the students’ bibliographies• Students need to be reminded of plagiarism guidelines: too much is copied and pasted directly from unauthorised websites• Over-use of (popular) newspaper and BBC websites; this shapes the essay/ presentation and makes the written pieces too descriptive and opinionated• Images need to be referenced just as http://www.flickr.com/photos/tudor/8 66537473/sizes/m/in/photostream/ much as text – better still students should use copyright-cleared images to illustrate work
Search Strategy• Learn about unknown or unfamiliar terms and concepts using reference materials, e.g. dictionaries or encyclopaedias, for an overview of the topic. The Credo database contains a range of useful reference sources. Your textbooks can also be a useful starting point• Identify keywords that best describe the subject content of your topic. Look for synonyms or alternative terms for each concept and keyword• The actions are what the question is asking for you to do. Discussing, comparing, and contrasting are different actions you may come across• Limiters are restrictions you should place on your search such as only finding material from the last ten years.• Combine your search keywords and make sure to use other search strategies like phrase searching (putting “quote marks” around your words to look for an exact phrase) when necessary.
Performing the CRAP testCurrency -o How recent is the information?o How recently has the website been updated?o Is it current enough for your topic?Reliability -o What kind of information is included in the resource?o Is content of the resource primarily opinion? Is is balanced?o Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?Authority -o Who is the creator or author?o What are the credentials?o Who is the published or sponsor?o Are they reputable?o What is the publisher’s interest (if any) in this information?o Are there advertisements on the website?Purpose/Point of View -o Is this fact or opinion?o Is it biased?o Is the creator/author trying to sell you something?
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