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How to use Cite them right online

Cite them right online is a comprehensive guide to referencing almost anything you will come across in the course of your studies or research.

There are two main ways to find what you're looking for:

Search - use the search field on the homepage, or in the top right corner of the site, to look for the type of source you want to reference. You can then filter the results by referencing style.

Browse - use the menu navigation to see what's available on Cite them right online. Clicking on a category will reveal the types of sources in that category. There may be a subcategory to help you refine what you're looking for. You can find information on the principles of referencing under the 'basics' tab.

On the menu navigation you will also see an 'index' tab which will display a complete list of all of the content available on Cite them right online.

Referencing styles

Cite them right online can advise you about how to reference certain sources according to different referencing styles. When you're reading about a source, check to see if the referencing style menu is visible. If so, click on the menu to see which other referencing styles Cite them right online has information on.

Cite them right online contains information on referencing all of its sources in Harvard (author-date). However, there is also information about referencing in:

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA)
  • Modern Languages Association (MLA)
  • Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA)
  • Vancouver referencing system
  • Chicago referencing system

Remember to always use the referencing style recommended by your tutor.

Accessing Cite them right online

How can I login?
Access to the main content is only available if your institution has a subscription to Cite them right online.

If your institution has a subscription, access to the majority of the site's content may be automatic or will be automatic once you have logged into your institution's network or portal. Therefore, if you are on campus, for example, you may not need to login specifically to access the Cite them right online.

If you have a username and password to access Cite them right online you can login here.

If your institution does not have a subscription to the Cite them right online, click here to find out more.

What browser should I use?
We would recommend always using the latest version of your preferred browser, but at least the following versions: FireFox V15, Internet Explorer V7, Chrome V20 or Safari V5.1.

This site can be accessed from across a range of mobile devices, notably iPad, iPhone and Android phones.

What is the time limit on a session before I am timed out?
If you are using a username and password to access any area of the site and you do not log out at the end of your session, the site will automatically time out after 40 minutes of inactivity and prompt you to login again.

Does this site use cookies?
This site uses cookies for the access control. Please ensure that you have cookies enabled in your browser.

Cookies are small pieces of information stored on your computer and returned to this website by your browsers.

The cookies we set on this site:

  • will only be returned to this site, not third parties
  • will not contain your personal information

The following cookies are set by this site:

  • a session identifier for access control purposes
  • changes to the referencing system selections
  • search results filtering is also stored

How accessible is the resource?
Cite them right online has been developed in accordance with W3C guidelines, and comes with several options for alternative modes of learning and navigation. Students can proceed through the learning content using a screen reader, and navigate through material with a keyboard if required. Jump links have been positioned at the top of pages so it is possible for users to access the important sections of screens.

If there are accessibility tools that you use that would help you use this resource, but are currently not compatible please do contact us. We have striven to make the resource as accessible as possible, but there may be occasions when we can further improve our accessibility.

Does the resource allow me to change my browser settings?
The resource has been designed to allow personalisation of font sizes, colours and background colour changes via your browser preferences.

How can I increase or decrease the font size on the resource?
The resource allows you to customise the font size to suit your personal preferences. Most browsers will allow you to change the font size. For example, in Internet Explorer, you will find this in the 'View' and 'Text size' menu options. You may also need to select the 'Ignore font sizes specified on webpages' option in 'Accessibility', within 'Tools' and 'Internet Options' to give you full control. Most browsers have a similar font size change feature, usually somewhere in the 'View' menu. Please see the help section in your browser for more details on customisation.

You will not be able to increase the font indefinitely as some larger font sizes will cause overplotting in some of the page elements. If you need a larger font size than is available you could try using the zoom controls within your browser.

How can I change the font or background colour of the resource?
The resource allows you to customise the font colour or background colour to suit your personal preferences. Most browsers will allow you to change these colours. For example, in Internet Explorer, go to 'Tools' and 'Internet Options'; select the 'Colours' button under appearance. Uncheck the 'Use Windows colours' box to work through and change colours to suit your preference. You may also need to select the 'Ignore colours specified on webpages' option in 'Accessibility', within 'Tools' and 'Internet Options' to give you full control.

Most browsers have a similar colour change feature, usually in the 'Tools', 'Options' or 'Preferences' menus. Please see the help section in your browser for more details on customisation.

Can I use a screen reader with the resource?
Yes, content is accessible using a screen reader. Jump links have been included on the resource so you can skip common navigation elements of pages, and access the main content on each page.

Can I use a keyboard to navigate through the resource?
Yes, the resource has been designed to allow navigation with a keyboard as well as with a mouse or touchscreen.

Other questions
If you have any other questions that we haven’t covered here please do contact us.