Publication details of a book should be included in a cover page. This will include the publisher, place of publication,date and any edition information.
If you don't have the book in front of you - look at the details section on Primo or search on the British Library's catalogue.
If you are using a specific news item from a website then the heading would be the title of that article. Sometimes the article will give the specific journalist or writer however usually the author will be the organisation. If this is not clear look for an about us tab.
Not all websites have dates - scroll to the bottom of the page or see if any links provide clues on the date.
When searching on a website you may go straight to the PDF of the document. To find out the reference details have a look at the URL - this one is a government website. The best way to get all the details if you can't find them from the report is to look at the government website and search for the title of this document. This should provide all the details you need for your reference.
Finding a method of organising your research at the start will help ensure you are able to find the information you need when you start writing your assignment and completing your reference list.
If you make notes of your readings remember to include the full reference and if you use any quotes include the page number.
Use colour coded highlighters on photocopies or printed articles - remember that you are able to highlight and make notes within electronic books/ eTextbooks to help re find relevant sections again.
Click on the tabs to see useful tools you might want to use to help stay organised.
Evernote is a note taking tool that allows you to store your research in one place. Use to save webpages (including URLs), photos, notes or audio recording. You are able to sync across devices and can also search within notes for specific phrase/ word.
Endnote is a reference management software - it allows you to store your research and will also generate your bibliography for you. There are various reference management software options but the advantage of Endnote is that the Library will provide support and training.
Check out our Endnote Guide here