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Learn Academic Referencing With EndNote – Tips From My PhD

Improve your referencing by learning how to import, cite and manage sources using EndNote, Word, Google and LaTex
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 3h 57m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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“Referencing has always been my waterloo in writing. I purchased my Endnote way back in 2014 but have never used it even once. The reason is that, I am afraid to use it–because I don’t understand its mechanics. The commands are so enormous that I always end up in a maze. This course has taught me the simplest and most essential path of using the software and it literally removed my fears. Now I have the confidence to try it again. This is a total refresher! Very useful and I highly recommend this lesson!!!” – Janet E.
“Some great tips on managing EndNote. Very helpful and definitely worth a look if you are new to referencing.” – Leandri K.
“Excellent delivery. I have another tool in the bag for academic writing. Thanks.” – Olugbenga Gbadegesin
“Wow, very insightful course. This was everything I need to learn about referencing. I really enjoyed the course” – Sakyiwaa Danso
“Just what I was looking for.” – Akulina / “the course was really helpful and well described by lecturer.” – Gentil
In this course I teach you the principles and practices of academic referencing as well as tips and tricks that I learnt from doing my own PhD. Although I struggled with referencing initially, I eventually figured it out and you can benefit from my experience, hopefully much earlier in your degree than me. There’s two main sections to this course; in the first section I teach you what you need to know and in the second section I show you what you need to know by walking you through the different tools. I can’t promise to make referencing fun and enjoyable but I promise that I’ve put my knowledge and skills about this topic into this course so that you can get the maximum benefit as well.
You will benefit from this course by becoming better at referencing and that will help you successfully complete your degree. Achieve this by completing this course and learning about the following.
•The EndNote workspace and the key features that you will need to use
•How to use Google Scholar to access the citation info for any reference and quickly bring it in to EndNote
•The academic referencing system and how it organises the world’s primary knowledge source
•Different referencing styles, how and why they differ and how to quickly switch between them using Word and EndNote
•How to manually set up all the reference information you need in EndNote
•How to set up Word so that you can easily cite as you write and automatically add a citation to the reference list at the end of your document
•Referencing with LaTex and how you can quickly incorporate EndNote reference information
•Why referencing can be frustrating for students and in some cases cause them to procrastinate or even delay their entire degree
•The EndNote star rating system and why that’s a simple but powerful feature that will save you lots of time
•How the citation information contains certain attributes that can be combined to always find the same document
•Develop efficient habits that help you cite and reference using these tools so that you don’t break your writing flow
•The importance of sorting out your EndNote reference library so that it saves you time when you need it
Take advantage of how I learned by working it out, avoid wasting your time but rather learn from what I can teach you in this course.

You will learn

✓ How the referencing system organises the world’s knowledge and why you need to understand it
✓ Different referencing styles and how to set them up in EndNote so that you can quickly switch between them
✓ How to use the star rating system in EndNote to dramatically cut down the time you need to organise references
✓ Why students find referencing frustrating and how to become more efficient so that it doesn’t affect your writing progress
✓ How to “cite as you write” using the EndNote plugin in Microsoft Word without breaking your writing flow
✓ How my PhD referencing worked in my final report and how you can set up your own referencing
✓ Introduction to referencing with LaTex and how to efficiently import references from EndNote
✓ How to quickly get citations from Google Scholar and use them to create references in EndNote
✓ How the academic referencing system uniquely identifies any published document
✓ How EndNote and Microsoft Word work together to produce a correctly styled reference list and citations
✓ How you should get over a blocker in your degree if you are struggling with referencing
✓ The APA, MLM, Chicago and Harvard referencing styles and the reasons for how the engineering and humanities reference styles differ
✓ The EndNote workspace, preview panes, reference information management, the style manager and the most important menu functions
✓ Main features of the EndNote plugin in Microsoft Word, how it works and how to use it effectively


• No course prerequisites but some familiarity with research will be an advantage

This course is for

• Anyone at any level of research that wishes to improve their referencing
• Users of EndNote, Microsoft Word, Google Scholar Or Overleaf LaTex users (optional)
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In my courses you learn practical skills: “I feel like I am in a real classroom.” – Kira Minehart
“What an amazing course! After finishing this course, I have confidence. Thank so much Dr Peter Alkema”. Or Tulongeni Shilunga: “This is exactly the jump-start I needed. Very clear and concise”
I also help lead digital transformation at FirstRand, the biggest financial services group in Africa. I’ve been featured on CNBC Africa and won the Gartner CIO Of The Year in 2016. I founded and led the largest banking hackathon in South Africa which was published in 2019 as a case study by Harvard Business School.
I’ve taught over 17,000 students about business, academics and self-development. In 2020 I completed my PhD at Wits University In Johannesburg. The study introduced a ground-breaking theory of Agile software development teams. My woodworking book was published in 2014 and has sold over 10,000 copies.
Olugbenga Gbadegesin: “Excellent delivery” / Lebogang Tswelapele: “This is what I have been longing for” / Paskalia Ndapandula: “Peter speaks with so much clarity” / Amantle Mangwedi: “It was straight to the point and the sections are cut into nice short segments which made it easier to go through” Kathy Bermudez: “Excellent material. Well organized…”
Werner van Wyk: “Thank you Peter, once again your lesson and course have given me so much knowledge and understanding” / Yvonne Rudolph “I really look forward to take everything i learned in action” / Josephine Mahlangu: “exactly what I needed to know, absolutely valuable and helpful for my personal growth”
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 3h 57m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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