You should now be able to recognise which types of resources are being referred to in your reading lists. However, sometimes when you search for item in the library catalogue or one of the online databases you may struggle to find it.
Sometimes, errors have been made in the reference in your reading list or abbreviations or variant spellings may have been used.
Flagged below are some top tips for common errors or problems that you can encounter with references.
Bear these in mind if you are struggling to find something. And remember you can always get in touch with your Library Liaison team for further advice.
The wrong volume number/issue number/date/page numbers is given for a journal article.
Different publication dates.
Authors' names are spelt incorrectly.
The item isn't in the Library.
Abbreviations are sometimes used for journal titles.
Look out for spelling variations
The reference lists only the author and date (e.g. Smith, J. 2003).
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