How can the library help? 1. Citelighter

Welcome to my new ‘series’ of blogs on how the library and the teacher librarian can help you.

One of the most important things to learn in terms of being a life long learner is that every article that is written, every photo that is taken, every book that is created is owned by someone. You cannot just use a photo or a quote or often, even an idea without referencing where it is from or whom it belongs to. If you do, this is what is known as plagarism.

To avoid plagarism you need to learn how to reference your work and create a bibliography. To help you do this the library now has an app called CiteMaker.

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CiteMaker allows you save your references as you research in a very professional manner. (Mr Donaldson has even used it!)

It actually teaches you as you go. Some examples are below:

  • the order in which to create a bibliography  ie books first
  • what information you need about the author
  • whether you need information like page numbers
  • how to reference digital information – email, podcast, blogs, website

You can then export your saved bibliography and attach it to your essay or research project – assured and happy that it has been done professionally, to university standard.

If you need help on how to start using it – pop into the library to see me.

Lisa Trundley-Banks

Teacher Librarian


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