Tag Archives: referencing

Showing whose idea it was


Who is that masked man? By Carolyn Lehrke, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License

Your writing will be a mixture of your own conclusions and those of others. How do you clearly indicate which is which? This page from the Learning Advisers at the University of Queensland’s Student Services works through an example to show you how to make it explicit whose idea was whose in your writing.



Using quotes


Blunkett said that to you? No, no, I’d have done the same, by Dave Wild, Attribution-NonCommercial License

It’s not often we directly quote other authors in scientific writing, but when we do, it is important to know how to properly quote the material. This page has advice about when to use quotation marks and when to indent the quote, as well as how to cite the author and page number.


Formatting in-text citations in Endnote


When you are writing it is sometimes useful to refer to the authors of a paper in the sentence, rather than just including the citation at the end of the sentence. This means you can use more active language rather than the passive voice, and it can make your writing clearer and more concise.

For example you may want to say that
“Smith (2001) found that 6 of 8 dogs treated with…..”

When you insert the reference though with Endnote it will first appear as
“(Smith, 2001) found that 6 of 8 dogs treated with…..”
which is not correctly formatted.

To change the formatting of the citation, select it by clicking on it and then go to Edit and Manage Citation(s) on the Endnote ribbon.

Under Formatting choose Display as: Author (Year) from the drop down menu and then select OK.


Your reference will now be correctly formatted.

The Endnote app

Endnote app

I really love the Endnote Ipad app. It makes me so mobile with my research which is really important as a working mother. Now I have everything I need without carrying around piles of paper. Its perfect for working from the car while waiting for children at ballet or soccer, its perfect for reading while travelling, its perfect for meetings when I need to point people to a particular reference.

Basically I have Endnote on my computer with all my references in it linked as pdfs. This syncs to the cloud with Endnote sync. The Endnote app syncs with the cloud too, which means I can access my references, including the pdfs from my ipad. You can predownload the pdfs you want to read so you can access them even when you are not connected to the internet (like on a plane).

Like all apps it does not have all the features of the full programme, but it does have a good search function, does allow you to see groups you have created and does allow you to annotate documents. But used as an extension of the computer version, rather than a replacement, its perfect.

Check it out here https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/endnote-for-ipad/id593994211?mt=8