Referencing techniques made easy

The Department of Communication Science of Unisa have created a range of video tutorials to help students with understanding academic integrity and referencing techniques.

The tutorials cover topics such as:

  • Technical guidelines
  • Plagiarism
  • Referencing techniques, and
  • Advanced referencing techniques.

It does not cover:

  • technologies to be used for referencing purposes
  • technologies to be used for checking plagiarism.


Tutorials for using technologies:

I have created tutorials for:

  • Mendeley, a referencing manager used to cite and create bibliographies


If needed, I will write tutorrials for:

  • TurnitIn, a tool to check for similarities (and possible plagiarism)


Please feel free to leave a message with regard to more tutorials needed.

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Office Lens: An app for lecturers

Office Lens is a handy capture app that turns your iPad, tablet, iPhone and other smart phones into a pocket scanner.

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Office Lens is a new camera built into OneNote for iPads, iPhones and android phones.

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Microsoft shared the following video to introduce this app.


Office Lens allows you to capture:

  • photos
  • pictures of whiteboards
  • pictures of printed documents and
  • pictures of business cards.

Office Lens allows you to:

  • trim images
  • make pictures or whiteboards and documents readable
  • convert images to editable Word and Powerpoint files

Office Lens:

  • identifies printed text so that you can search by key word for images in OneNote and OneDrive
  • converts images of documents and whiteboard notes into Word documents, Powerpoint presentations, and PDF files for easy editing and reformatting
  • captures business cards and convert them into contact that can be added to your phone
  • inserts images to OneNote and OneDrive (as Docx, pptx, jpg or PDF) and
  • gives the option to save, export and share images.

You can also use Office lens to:

  • save the images as PDF’s
  • email images
  • or save images to your photo library (iOS).

PDF versions can be created to be shared via:

  • Whatsapp
  • Outlook (one image at a time)
  • Message
  • Mail
  • Gmail

PDF versions can be copied to:

  • OneDrive
  • iBooks
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Outlook
  • Mendeley
  • Onenote

PDF versions can also be:

  • Printed
  • Copied (Duplicated)

This FREE app can be downloaded from:

I will create a few tutorials for using this app, and links to them will be added here as soon as they are ready.

Mendeley 14: Changing from EndNote to Mendeley

You can export your entire library, with any attached PDF’s when you change from EndNote to Mendeley by following these steps:

In EndNote:

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  1. Select the references you want to import into Mendeley Desktop
  2. From the File menu, select EXPORT
  3. In the new window that opens (Export file name), look for FILES OF TYPE
  4. Use the dropdown menu to select XML (*xml)
  5. Rename the file (if you wish)
  6. Click on the SAVE button


Open Mendeley Desktop:

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  1.  From FILE menu select ADD FILES
  2. Browse to find the export file (by default EndNote will save in Documents)
  3. Click OPEN
  4. Your references are PDF’s will the be imported.


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Mendeley 13: Using feedback to suggest changes

Mendeley Feedback allows its users to suggest changes to the program in order to suit their needs better.

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Please suggest any changes that can improve your using of this reference manager. You can do it yourself by following these steps:

  • Go to and complete the form

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  • as soon as you type the idea, the following box will open

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  • Click on post a new idea and complete the form

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  • Remember to click on Sign In if you have not yet signed into Mendeley.


You can see how many votes your idea received

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You can see if Mendeley reviews the issue.

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You can also see if Mendeley is planning to address the issue.

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You can see if they have started addressing the issue.

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If you do not want to send the suggestion, you may ask me to do it. I am a member of the advisor Group and do not mind to ask questions on your behalf. Just leave a comment.

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