When you have included information from published sources in your work, you must acknowledge this information fully and accurately by:
- Identifying any sources you have taken information from in the body of your written work in the form of an in-text citation.
- Providing a detailed list of all the sources you have produced in-text citations for in an alphabetical list at the end of our work, this is known as a reference list.
There are two ways to produce in-text citations.
1. Authors name mentioned within body of written work
If you mention the authors name in your written work, there is no need to include their name in your in-text citation, just include the date of publication. If there are three or more authors (as with this book), you should only use the first author’s name in your in-text citation, followed by the phrase ‘et al’.
i.e. Lea et al (2003) make the point that….
2. Authors name NOT mentioned within body of written work
If you don’t mention the author’s name in your written work then you must include it in your in-text citation. If there are three or more authors (as with this book), you should only use the first author’s name in your in-text citation, followed by the phrase ‘et al’.
i.e. Some colleges have forbidden the use of certain language (Lea et al, 2003).
Referencing this book
When you have included an in-text citation for information you have used in the writing of your work, you must include a full reference for that book in a reference list at the end of your work.
The correct reference for this particular book (using the Harvard style) should look like this:
Lea, J., Hayes, D., Armitage, A., Lomas, L., Markless, S., (2003) Working in post-compulsory education. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Please note that your reference list must be in alphabetical order of author surnames.
Please take care when producing your reference list and ensure that punctuation, italics etc are used when necessary.