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Information literacy: Disseminating literature

Disseminating literature

You must always carefully cite the sources you are using in your papers, essays and theses. That is why it is of the utmost importance that you note down precisely which sources you are using, right from the start of your research. Note down the exact title description and page number of the source you are using.  You must also indicate when you are using a particular passage literally (citation) and when your are refrasing a passage in your own words (paraphrasing). 

Every university student is expected to be able to manage their literature independently; this is an academic skill.

Managing your literature

You can manage your literature in various ways: 

- Make a list of all publications you have used for your paper, essay or thesis in a Word document or a Google Docs document 

- Save physical sources, such as print-outs of journal articles 

- Use special software to save references to the literature, such as RefWorks, Endnote, Mendeley or Zotero


RefWorks is a programme for managing literature references and for automatically generating bibliographies. This programme is officially supported by the University and is available to all staff and students. 

The University Library provides support by means of teaching RefWorks courses and answering questions. 


If you want to practice using RefWorks, use the online course Ten days of RefWorks.