Dr Mansoor Ali
Referencing methods in post graduate dissertation.
Vancouver style is the most accepted referencing method in Indian Universities for post-graduation.
Use only Standard text book and websites. Wikipedia is not accepted and reliable as far as medical information is concerned.
- Arrange your list chronologically
- Number all references
- List the first 6 authors followed by ‘et al.’ if there are more than 6 authors
- Use official abbreviations for titles of journals
- Reference list always begins on a new page.
- Superscript after the full stop.1
- Round brackets – before the full stop (1).
Surname Initial(s). Book title. Edition – if available. Place of publication: Publisher; Year.
Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Moore PK. Pharmacology. 5th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone; 2003
Remember the position of : . , : ; too important.
Surname Initial(s). Title of article. Journal title/or title abbreviation. Year; volume(issue):page(s). DOI – if available
Leurs R, Church MK, Taglialatela M. H-antihistamines: inverse agonism, anti-inflammatory actions and cardiac effects. Clin Exp Allergy. 2002 Apr;32(4):489-498
Example : 2002 Apr;32(4):489-498
32 stands for volume, usually in a year 1 volume
(4) stands for issue – Quarterly – 4th issue
489-498 means pages
Dissertation and master thesis
Surname Initial(s). Title [type of publication]. Place: Publisher; Year.
Hasund IK. The discourse markers like in English and liksom in Norwegian teenage language : a corpus-based, cross-linguistic study [dissertation]. Bergen: Universitetet i Bergen; 2003.
Editor(s) or compiler(s) as authors
Beers MH, Porter RS, Jones TV, Kaplan JL, Berkwits M, editors. The Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy. 18th ed. Whitehouse Station (NJ): Merck Research Laboratories; 2006.
Author. Title [Internet]. Place: Publisher; Date of publication [date updated; cited date].
Drug-interactions.com [homepage on the Internet]. Indianapolis: Indiana University Department of Medicine; 2003 [updated 17 May 2006; cited 30 May 2006]. Available from: http://medicine.iupui.edu/flockhart/
Image from internet
McCourtie SD, World Bank. SDM-LK-179 [image on the Internet]. 2009 Apr 29 [cited 2009 Jun 14]. Available from: ttp://www.flickr.com/photos/worldbank/3486672699/
You can do all the above referencing online by a single click
Mendely & Zotero are two accepted free tools available online incorporated in word also.
Zotero is free, work with word, simple, word processor plug-in – an open source software.
Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network. Make your own fully-searchable library in seconds, cite as you write, and read and annotate your PDFs on any device
Download : from www.zotero.org or www.mendeley.com
Video tutorial on how to use this simple tool available at youtu.be/4AcPaYVxHaw
Data Entry & Correction methods
Data Entry : Excel & Word
Correction is easy with Microsoft Word
Take Review section -track changes – accept-reject-comment-reviewing pan
Statistics is the most difficult part to many homoeopaths and medical students. You can opt the service of a statistician or utilise this simple tools.
All these softwares are free – but SPSS is the most user friendly and simple.
- Ananatha Krishnan N:medicaal postgraduate dissertation a step by step approach.India:Wolters Kluwer;2013
- Munir Ahammed R : Research Methodology.Bangalore: Centre for Homeopathic Studies;2005
- Writing a reference list in the Vancouver style:VIKO; [Published 29.04.2011;Cited on 30-04-2016].Available from http://www.ntnu.no/viko/english/papers/vancouverlist
Dr Mansoor Ali K R BHMS,MD(Hom)
Associate Professor- Govt. Homeopathic Medical College, Calicut
Email : [email protected]