Who is this course suitable for?

This course may appeal if you are an author, academic editor, copy-editor, proofreader, production editor or project manager who works with (or would like to work with) academic material that includes a references list in some form.

Course description

The course helps you to:

  • learn how to deal with references
  • find out what you didn't know about references and fill any gaps
  • explore unfamiliar reference systems
  • discover ways of referencing less typical sources

It also contains a chapter on ReferenceChecker, a useful piece of software that helps you to match citations to entries in the references list, and vice versa, and another on Edifix, a web application that helps you to edit, link and validate bibliographic references. The course is very much focused on giving exercises to put into practice the lessons given in the Study notes, and the Study notes themselves, together with a 'Reference shelf', list a great many resources where further information about references and other relevant data can be found.

What you should know after the course

After working through this course, you should understand how the different types of reference systems work, be aware of the elements required by different citation systems, and be able to devise or follow consistent rules for styling and filing order. You should also know where to look for further information if a particular problem with a reference (or citation) is not explicitly covered by this course.

Availability, prices and upgrade points

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Online courses take between 10 and 35 hours to complete, but you have access to the course materials for 4 or 5 months (depending on the course).

Workshop syllabus

This course is not yet available as a workshop option.

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Online course structure

Time allowed for access: 5 months SfEP upgrade points: 5
Approximate study time needed to complete the course: 25–30 hours

This is a self-assessed course. You will be assigned a tutor who will be available for up to 1 hour of support (usually by email), but the tutor does not mark any of your work. When you have finished the course you can download and print a certificate that states that you have 'Completed' the course.

The online course follows the syllabus as described in the screen below.


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