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An exciting announcement

Cite Them Right will be relaunched this June

The redesigned site will be:

  • Easier to browse and navigate within individual referencing styles
  • Supported by a new and improved tutorial experience

We hope you’ll continue to find this site to be an essential study and reference resource for your institution.

Users can access all the same high-quality content as before but will benefit from an improved experience, including:

  • Better browsing journey with new landing pages for each referencing system: Harvard, APA, Chicago, IEEE, MHRA, MLA, Vancouver and OSCOLA
  • Saveable searches and search history
  • The option to create a new personal account which will allow users to manage personal preferences and bookmarks
  • More responsive and mobile-friendly interface
  • Individual pathways and assessment for each referencing style within the tutorial

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What happens next for Cite Them Right users?

We have sent you an email regarding admin login instructions for the new website - please let us know if you haven't received any communication about this (students should not experience any disruption to service). Details of the email message is also copied below under "Action required".

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Frequently asked questions | last updated May 2022

How will users sign in to the new site?

Shibboleth and IP users will continue to log in the same way, either using Single Sign-On (SSO) or connecting to your institution's network respectively.

Do URLs from the old site redirect to pages on the new site?

We will set up one-to-one URL redirects where possible. This means that students will be taken to equivalent content pages on the new site.

Retirement of older referencing styles MLA 8th and APA 6th

With the publication of guidance for the more recent referencing styles MLA 9th (in 2021) and APA 7th (in 2020), we will be retiring MLA 8th and APA 6th as part of the new platform launch coming this summer. Retirement of the styles will occur around June of this year.

Action required | Please respond

As part of the move, we need to verify the institutional admins for the updated Cite Them Right website. This is to ensure that you have seamless access to reports and website customisation. Thank you to those who have already replied.

If you haven't already done so, for each admin, please could you send us the following by 27th May:

  • First name / Last name
  • Email address
  • Institution name

Once we have received your information, our team will send you an email, titled: Bloomsbury Personal Account Verification.

Simply follow the steps to set a password, which will confirm your email address.

Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have any questions, regarding the relaunch, please get in touch with our team.

How to use Cite Them Right

We suggest that those new to referencing, or those that could benefit from a refresher, head straight to the Cite Them Right eLearning tutorial. This 1 hour interactive tutorial (divided into sections which each take approximately 5 minutes to complete) covers the importance of referencing, how to write citations and build references. It also offers the opportunity to test knowledge and confirm understanding in the practice of referencing.

  • You can use the search feature to find the specific source that you would like to reference.
  • Alternatively, the navigation menu can be used to browse the categories and the 150+ source types for which guidance is provided.
  • Once you’ve found the source type you’re interested in, you can use the dropdown menu to view the source in your required referencing style.
  • The ‘You try’ feature on the source pages enables you to easily construct your own reference by replacing the example text with information relevant to your source.
  • You can either copy/paste your reference into an assignment or email it to yourself.
  • Alternatively, you can browse by referencing style using the panel on the homepage.

The ‘Basics’ section, ‘Editor’s highlights’, ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ and ‘Advice from the Experts’ on the homepage provide different entry points and advice to support you in all matters related to referencing.

Cite Them Right works on your tablet or smartphone, so you’ll always have the guidance you need at hand.

The story of Cite Them Right

The number and variety of sources that can be referenced in academic work has exploded over the last 25 years. Cite Them Right began life, in 1992, as an A4 sheet of guidance on referencing several printed sources. In 1995 it had developed into a 20 page pamphlet (compiled by Graham Shields and Graham Walton) and provided a basic referencing guide for students at their university. This was so helpful that the pamphlet grew first into a booklet, then into Cite Them Right the book, a complete referencing guide by Richard Pears and Graham Shields.

Cite Them Right was innovative because it expanded to include new types of source material with each new edition. Graham and Richard also took great care to incorporate user feedback to make Cite Them Right as up-to-date and useful for students and lecturers as possible.

Today, Cite Them Right is in its 11th edition and has also been re-envisaged as this user-friendly online platform. Having instant access to Cite Them Right makes it easier than ever to reference the sources that matter to you and expand the frontiers of academic discourse.

The Cite Them Right 11th Edition book cover
Cite Them Right
The Essential Referencing Guide, 11th edition
by Richard Pears and Graham Shields
Series: Bloomsbury Study Skills

About the Cite Them Right textbook

The Cite Them Right textbook can be used alongside the online platform.

Key features:
  • Cite any information source, from ancient texts to Twitter
  • Examples are given in Harvard, APA, Chicago, IEEE, MHRA, MLA, OSCOLA, and Vancouver referencing styles
  • Simplified advice on referencing online publications
  • Diverse range of sources covered, including translated and non-English publications, graffiti, packaging, wills, medical images, statues, PowerPoint presentations and more
  • Guidance on plagiarism and how to avoid it