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Adding References to a Course

Last Updated: Aug 06, 2015 01:54PM UTC
References are stored in your Author Tool Kit, and can be added to commentary sections of your course.

To add a reference to your course, navigate to the paragraph within your content and place your cursor where you would like to add the reference. Click the green REF button in the commentary field menu bar to open the Author Tool Kit. You will see all previously entered references in your Author Tool Kit, if any. 

To search for an existing reference, enter the last name of the first author of the reference in the search field (e.g., "Jones "), and click on the  button. If any reference with the author's last name is found, they will appear below the search field.

To add the reference to your course, click the Add to Course button. 

To change an existing reference, click the yellow arrow next to that entry. You now have the option to edit the reference, or delete it if it has not been used in any of your previous courses. 

To add a new reference, click the  button. Enter the reference into the commentary field and click the Save button to add the reference to the database. You will now see the entry listed in the Author Tool Kit. Click the Add to Course button to add the new reference to your course. 

If your content has multiple references, simply click the green REF button again to re-open the Author Tool Kit, locate the next reference and click the "Add to Course" button. 

There is no need to superscript the green reference markers on the page, or add commas in between references; this is done by the system automatically. Also, you can double-click the green reference markers [ref] to re-open the Author Tool Kit to make any edits to the reference, if needed.


If you preview the page, click on the triangle adjacent to the word "References" at the bottom of the page to expand and view the numbered references assigned to that page. Additionally, at the end of the course, a master reference page will list all your references from the entire course in alphabetical order.

This video will walk you through the process:

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