When writing a paper or thesis, it is important to have a solid understanding of the principles behind citing and recording sources. That means you have to make it clear which ideas are your own and which come from other people. You acknowledge your sources and this safeguards your academic integrity. The Library can offer you support in correctly citing and recording sources.
In order to help you become more aware of the importance of proper citation, the Library has developed an online course. The course, which is available online under a CC-BY licence, is made up of two modules and everyone can take it at their own pace. By means of videos, texts and interactive assignments, you will learn how you are supposed to cite sources in practice.
UvA lecturers can copy the two course modules – separately or together – to the Canvas learning environment. For interface instructions regarding citation software (RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley), the course redirects to other web pages.
Would you like to copy both of the modules to your own online course environment? Search for Citing Sources in Canvas Commons and then click Import. The separate modules can be embedded as an external link:
You can save a lot of time by using citation software. The UvA Library has licences for RefWorks and Mendeley and can also help you in using the free software Zotero. These tools make it easy for you to format the citations in your document according to the required style guidelines.
Mendeley is a programme which allows you to save and annotate files, such as PDF files of articles, reports etc.. Citations to articles can be processed in Word. You can also collaborate in groups in Mendeley, privately or publicly, and share documents. Mendeley consists of two parts: Mendeley Web and Mendeley Desktop. You can enter literature references in both. Adding and annotating files can be done via Mendeley Desktop only.
With RefWorks you make your own online literature catalogue. One can import titles from catalogues, databases, and Google Scholar, or one can add them manually. The titles can be organised in folders and used for citing sources in any preferred style in Word documents. All UvA students and staff can use RefWorks.