Choosing and citing references

At the end of this module the learner will appreciate the need to:

  • Search published literature for appropriate references
  • Pick and read relevant references to support key statements
  • Cite accurately and fully, avoiding plagiarism
  • Beware of web references
  • Ignore or contest journal requests for “self citation”
  • Follow journal advice, using Vancouver or Harvard style.

Written by:

Trish Groves

Biography :

Trish Groves is head of research at BMJ and editor-in-chief of BMJ Open.


Accreditor credit Accreditation statement
BMJ 4 credits, 4:00 hours BMJ has assigned 4 hours of CPD/CME credit to this module.
BMJ Learning 1 credit, 1:00 hour BMJ Learning has assigned one hour of credit to this module

Release date

12 Jan 2016

Last updated

12 Jan 2016