How To Provide Correct Citations And References For Your Research

What will you learn?

  1. The essential elements of a citation
  2. Responsible citations, including electronic citations
  3. Different citation styles for articles, books and other sources
  4. Types of citations in text, visuals, and bibliography notes


Course Description

Any research process is an amalgamation of the researcher’s own primary efforts, supplemented and supported by secondary data that they may quote as part of their study. It is imperative that researchers learn how to compile references and citations, not just to avoid plagiarism but also to build a robust case for their own work.

This specially curated program shows you how to address the many challenges of citing sources and listing down references, while formulating your research paper. It highlights various styles and techniques on how to cite correctly throughout your documentation. In this course, you will also learn how to safeguard your research paper by adhering to the basic guidelines when it comes to citations and references in your scientific research.


What topics will you cover?

  1. Introduction
  2. Objectives
  3. Parts of a citation
  4. Documentation, citation and reference
  5. Importance of citations
  6. Introduce a source
  7. Citation styles
  8. In-text citations
  9. Reference list or bibliography
  10. Paraphrase activity
  11. Advantages of citations
  12. Choose citation styles
  13. Citation styles for articles
  14. Citation styles for books
  15. Citation styles for sources other than articles and books
  16. Online or electronic citations
  17. Citations for an electronic book
  18. Citing visuals in text and bibliography
  19. Summary
  20. Check your understanding
  21. Further reading


Course Narrator:

Dr. Christina Cho, Cancer biologist, Freelance scientific and medical writer

Christina Cho, PhD is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, and is investigating the molecular mechanisms driving the development and progression of colorectal and pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas. She’s spent the last ten years working in academic research, developing a range of skills that will help her lead a research laboratory. Her skills include the ability to independently develop and execute experiments, lead research projects, teach and train junior postdocs and students, write manuscripts and grants, and give oral presentations in both intramural and extramural conferences.


Your Instructor


R Upskill
R Upskill

Part of Cactus Communications’ R ecosystem of tools and solutions for researchers, R Upskill is a learning platform that comprises of the largest collection of researcher-focused programs, developed by top academic experts. Learn anytime, anywhere with bite-sized online programs on research writing, journal publication, career development, science communication, funding, researcher wellness, and more. Our multi-format programs come with expert advice, practical examples, and a certificate on course completion, which allow researchers to apply what they’ve learnt to excel in real-world scenarios. Trusted by top academic institutions, and over 15,000 researchers, R Upskill empowers researchers to master new skills on the path to all-round researcher success.


Course Curriculum


  How To Provide Correct Citations And References For Your Research
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