Academic Misconduct Workshop

The university takes academic misconduct very seriously and it can have a serious and detrimental effect on your results.

On Wednesday 8th February a workshop, to help you avoid academic misconduct, is being held in the Bay Library from 14.00-15.00 in PC room 2.

During the workshop we’ll look at:

  • What constitutes academic misconduct.
  • The definition of plagiarism, collusion and the commissioning of work.
  • Why it’s so important to reference.
  • How to reference and common mistakes.
  • Where to find help with referencing.
  • Tools that can help you reference.

There’s no need to sign up, you can come along on the day.

RefME becoming Cite This For Me

We have important news for users of the popular free referencing tool RefMe. It has been announced today that RefMe will be changing to Cite This For Me on February 28th 2017. Full details on this news can be found on the RefMe website.

If you have a RefMe account you will still have access to your account and saved Reference lists until June 1st, 2017, but you will need to export them before this date or you will lose them.

If you want to create an account for Cite This For Me it will cost £6.99 a month but you are able to generate a reference list without creating an account. However without an account your reference list won’t be saved for future use.

There are a number of reference management tools on the market and Swansea University’s supported solution is EndNote. This comes in a free online version and the full desktop software, which is available on open access PCs in the library. As well as storing all your bibliographic references, EndNote can find and store PDFs plus it integrates neatly with Word to insert and format references. If you’d like to find out more about EndNote please look at our EndNote Library Guide.

 

Bay Library: your questions answered

Here’s the last in our short series covering the questions you asked in your library induction sessions. If you’re still not sure about something, please remember we welcome your questions all year round! You can go to the Information Desk in the library for help or you can email your subject librarians at buslib@swansea.ac.uk. We also have lots of guides and information available online. If you’d like to arrange to meet a librarian for some one-to-one help, there are a number of ways to do that.

Does the introduction presentation exist online?

Yes! You can find a copy of the Introduction to Bay library presentation and other useful information in the New Students section of our School of Management library guide.

What reference style do I use?

The School of Management uses the APA referencing style. You’ll find guides to using APA in our School of Management library guide. There are paper copies of the guides available in Bay Library.

Is there an EndNote style referencing app that is recommended?

EndNote is a tool which can help you to collect and manage citation information for your research. You can also use it to easily insert references and citations into your Word documents. There are other similar tools available, but EndNote is the one which we support at Swansea University.

You can find more information about managing your references in the Tackling your Assignment section of the School of Management library guide, including a short guide to using the in-built referencing tool in Microsoft Word. This tool is less sophisticated than EndNote, but may meet your needs in the early stages of your degree.

What time does the library close?

Almost never! Bay Library and Singleton Park Library are open 24 hours a day, 362 days a year. We are closed 25th December, 26th December and 1st January. For opening hours of South Wales Miners’ Library (at Hendrefoelan Student Village) and opening hours of Information Desks at Bay and Singleton Park, please check our website.

Can we have food or drink in the library?

You can eat and drink (non-alcoholic!) in the library, but we ask that if you have hot food, please eat it in the self-service café. There is no food allowed in the Group Pod.

Are there any fiction books in the library?

The collection at Bay Library is focused on supporting the School of Management and the College of Engineering, so you won’t find any fiction books on our main shelves. You will find novels and other works of fiction at Singleton Park Library. The fiction stock is there mainly to assist our literature students in their studies, but the books can be borrowed by any Swansea University student. You can either visit Singleton Park Library to browse and borrow books, or look for a book on iFind and Request that it’s sent to Bay for you to borrow.

We have a Book Swap at Bay Library. The rules are simple – just pick a book you’d like to read and donate one in return! These books are not part of library stock, so there is no need to issue them to your card. Browse the selection and help yourself!

For a wider selection of fiction books, you may want to join Swansea public libraries while you’re a student here. It’s free! Swansea Central Library is easily accessible from Bay Campus on the 8X bus and there are many branch libraries throughout the Swansea area. The Swansea council website has information about joining the library as well as contact details and an address for each library.

bookswap

The Book Swap at Bay Library

Perfect referencing for dissertations

Spooky book

One of the last tasks with a dissertation is usually writing and/or checking the reference list. If you are using APA 6th (the form of Harvard that the School of Management recommends) here are the key things to check:

  • If you have used any ideas – either as quotes or put into your own words – from another author, you need to reference them both in the text and in your reference list. This ensures you cannot be accused of plagiarism (passing off someone else’s work as your own).
  • Your reference list should contain a full reference for everything you have mentioned in the body of your dissertation. 
  • Your reference list should be in alphabetical order of author’s surname.
  • Each reference should contain the correct information for the type of reference (e.g. website, journal article) so that someone else can find the exact item you used.

We have a short guide to APA (PDF) which covers the essential types of material you may have used (books, journal articles, websites) but there is also our Full Guide to APA Referencing (PDF) which also includes specific business examples (p.22) such as…

  • Market research reports from Mintel Oxygen
  • Industry profiles from EBSCO Business Source Complete
  • Company data from FAME
  • Data from Datastream
  • Global market data from Mintel GMN
  • Official documents or reports (p.12)

The APA style blog is also very handy for advice on more unusual reference types but please do email your librarians on buslib@swansea.ac.uk if you are stuck – we will do our best to advise on the correct reference to use.

How to cite quotations from electronic sources when there are no page numbers

Most, but not all, journal articles are available as a pdf file.  When there is no pdf the article is made available on a web page in html format without page numbers.  If you want to include a direct quotation from such a source, this is what you do:-

 

1.  If paragraph numbers are visible in the document, use them instead of page numbers.  The abbreviation to use is para.

Smith and Jones (2013) stated that “direct quotation here” (para. 2).

2. If there are no paragraph numbers use the heading and number of the paragraph following it.

In their study Smith and Jones (2013) discovered that “direct quotation here” (Results, para. 3).

3.  When the heading is very long, use a shortened version with quotation marks.

“Direct quotation here” (Smith and Jones, 2013, “Implications for Future,” para. 2).

The heading was “Implications for Future Development of this Management Structure”

 

If you have any questions about how to cite or reference a source you can email buslib@swansea.ac.uk and we will help you.

Referencing a set of results / dataset

We recently had a query about how to cite historical currency exchange rates from this website:

http://www.oanda.com/currency/historical-rates/ 

The answer is to use a similar format to the example given in our full APA guide for a dataset from FAME (shown on p.23):

OANDA. (2014). Data derived from: Historical exchange rates for US dollar/Australian Dollar Jan 2009 to Dec 2013. Retrieved March 12th 2014 from OANDA website. http://www.oanda.com/currency/historical-rates/

If you were going to use more than one set of figures, you would need to reference each set: in which case you can use a,b,c to distinguish them, as follows:

OANDA. (2014a). Data derived from: Historical exchange rates for US dollar/Australian Dollar Jan 2013 to Dec 2013. Retrieved March 12th 2014 from OANDA website. http://www.oanda.com/currency/historical-rates/

OANDA. (2014b). Data derived from: Historical exchange rates for US dollar/Australian Dollar Jan 2014 to Feb 2014. Retrieved March 12th 2014 from OANDA website. http://www.oanda.com/currency/historical-rates/

OANDA. (2014c). Data derived from: Historical exchange rates for US dollar/sterling Jan 2009 to Dec 2013. Retrieved March 12th 2014 from OANDA website. http://www.oanda.com/currency/historical-rates/

Then in the text of your assignment you would cite OANDA 2014a or OANDA 2014b etc.

APA Referencing Tip: including author initials in in-text citations

This came up recently when we couldn’t work out why the extremely handy EndNote “cite as you write” word plugin was seemingly making mistakes in its in-text citations for one author and including an initial where we weren’t expecting it. The answer was: there were several authors with the same surname…

In the APA 6th style used by the School of Management citations within the main body of an essay or document normally have the format surname + year e.g. (Gentile, 2010). However, there are occasions when it is correct to include the initials of an author – see this blog post from the APA Style blog which explains how and why.