RefME is a platform I have talked about before as a useful piece of kit for managing your referencing. RefME has been purchased by another reference manager which has both free and premium (pay to use) versions called Cite this for me. RefME will shut down in due course so it might be worth considering moving to another manager. Cite this for me is a very simple to use reference manager but there are quite a few programs out there which offer both free and premium versions. A list of my top reference managers can be found below:
- Mendelay (Free and premium)
- Endnote (Pay to use only)
- Cite This For Me (Free and premium)
- Zotero (Free)
Zotero has chrome plugins to assist reference capture.
Sample paragraph showing multiple references:
“TLR3 recognizes viral dsRNA and endogenous dsRNA derived from necrotic cells during inflammation (11, 12). In humans, defective TLR3 function has been associated with enhanced susceptibility to viral infection and in particular, herpes simplex encephalitis (13). Recently, a functional TLR3 polymorphism, Leu412Phe (TLR3 L412F, rs3775291) was described which results in attenuated NF-B- and IRF3-signaling in affected cells (14). TLR3 412F has also been shown to confer protection against geographic atrophy in macular degeneration by attenuating TLR3-induced retinal epithelial cell apoptosis (15).”
References should be used throughout the essays. The above piece is in Vancouver Style. Other referencing styles can be found here. Details of what Vancouver style is and how to use it for different types of references can be found here:
- Using another author’s words without proper citation
- Using another author’s ideas without proper citation
- Citing a source but reproducing the exact word without quotation marks
- Borrowing the structure of another author’s phrases/sentences without giving the source
- Borrowing all or part of another student’s paper
- Using paper-writing service or having a friend write the paper
Avoid using significant amounts of quotes to in your essay as this is not appropriate. Put things you’ve read and understand in to your own words.