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Getting the book you need

It's very important to Request the books you want if they're out on loan. If you don't, they may be renewed by the person who has borrowed them.

Some of our books are also available as ebooks. If a title is available electronically, you will see an 'Online' tab under the details on iFind. This tab will have a link to the full text of the book. Please see the guide below for more information.

Books are a great place to start when you're researching information for your assignment, but remember to look at journal articles and other reliable sources of information too. 

Click the Key Resources section above to see the best places to search for information. Check the How To Find section to find out where to look for specific kinds of information.

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Specialist software to help you

PCs in the library have specialist software which can help you to plan and write your assignments. Follow the link below for details of what's available and to see how the technology can help you plan your research, write your assignments and structure your work. Features include read aloud options, mind mapping tools and spelling & grammar checks.

Assignment Survival Kit

Have you ever wondered how to actually get started on writing your essay or assignment?  The ASK website will help you get organised and provide you with helpful guidelines along the way.  Just type in your assignment due date, and you will be given a timeline to help you get through your assignment on time.

Referencing

  • When you are writing a piece of work you must reference when you use someone else's words or ideas.
  • You need to include detailed information on the sources of information that you have used.
  • Failure to reference is referred to as plagiarism.
  • The School of Management uses the APA referencing style.

Plagiarism can be defined as using without acknowledgment  another person's work and submitting it for assessment as though it were one's own work.

This includes:

  • use of any quotation(s) from the published or unpublished work of other persons which have not been clearly identified as such by being placed in quotation marks and acknowledged;
  • summarising another person's ideas, judgements, figures, software or diagrams without reference to that person in the text and the source in the bibliography;
  • use of unacknowledged material downloaded from the Internet.
  1. Keep track of the sources you’ve used (the appropriate details + page numbers).
  2. Give an author/date in-text citation AND a full reference in a list at the end.
  3. Pay attention to detail (punctuation & formatting).
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Referencing Management

APA referencing guides

APA is one of the university preferred styles. It uses author and date in the article and an alphabetical list at the end. We offer a brief and full guide to help you use this system of referencing.

For more unusual questions you could try the full APA manual http://www.apastyle.org/manual/ or the APA blog http://blog.apastyle.org/ which contains useful tips.

Keeping track of your references

The university also provides access to EndNote. It is a software package which helps you to organize your references and pdf files. It works with Word to format your references without you needing to worry about punctuation etc.

Click below to access our guide to using EndNote.

In text citation activity for MN-1510

Fill in the missing information in the following text. You can find all of the information that you need in the list of references at the bottom.


The ability to predict the likelyhood of criminals returning to crime is vital to those responsible for determining the release and management of offenders (Andrews & Bonta, ). Bonta, Law Hanson (1998) assert that it is now possible to accurately assess the risk of offending "especially... when predictions are based on actuarially derived information rather than professional or clinical judgement" (p.124). Measures such as previous offences, age, income and drug or alcohol dependency have been used successfully to predict criminal behaviour (, 1993; Bonta, Law & Hanson , 1998; Webster & Bailes, ). Despite this evidence many violent offenders are still being assessed using professional judgement rather than by acutarial measures (Polaschek & , 2004).

References

Andrews, D. A., & Bonta, J. (2003). The psychology of criminal conduct (3rd ed.). Cincinnati, OH: Anderson Publishing.

Blackburn, R. (1993). The psychology of criminal conduct: Theory research and practice. Chichester: Wiley.

Bonta, J., Law, M., & Hanson, K. (1998). The prediction of criminal and violent recidivism among mentally disordered offenders: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 123, 123-142.

Polaschek, D. L. L., & Reynolds, N. (2004). Assessment and treatment: Violent offenders. In C. R. Hollin (Ed.), The essential handbook of offender assessment and treatment (pp.201-218). Chichester: Wiley.

Webster, C.D., & Bailes, G. (2004). Assessing violence risk. In C. R. Hollin (Ed.), The essential handbook of offender assessment and treatment (pp.201-218). Chichester: Wiley.


 

APA referencing activity for MN-1510