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If you have a disability, you may find that the format or software you use for studying means you are unable to exactly follow the referencing style (such as OU Harvard) required by your module. For example, it can be very difficult to locate page numbers in a PDF using a screen reader.
It is important to have an early conversation with your tutor, about what referencing adjustments need to be made to ensure that they work for both of you. If you have already agreed adjustments on a previous module, let your tutor know this at the start of your studies.
This page provides some examples using OU Harvard style for different formats. If you are on a module which uses Cite Them Right (CTR) please follow the guidance below, making adjustments for the CTR style where needed. See Quick guide for Harvard referencing for an overview of CTR.
However, because each circumstance is different, including subject specific differences, this information has been given to provide a basis for discussion between yourself and your tutor. It may be decided that an alternative way of formatting references is more appropriate for your circumstances.
Reference the original material and then add details of the format converted to at the end of the reference, e.g. add [converted to MP3].
Miller, E. and Pole, A. (2010) ‘Diagnosis blog: checking up on health blogs in the blogosphere’, American Journal of Public Health, vol. 100, no. 8, pp. 1514–1519 [Online]. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.175125 (Accessed 26 June 2017) [Converted to MP3].
This guidance is also provided on the Convert a file with SensusAccess page.
Follow the guidance for online module material, but do not include [Online], ‘Available at’ or ‘Accessed’. Insert [Print] at the end of the reference.
(The Open University, 2018)
The Open University (2018) ‘3.2 Spaces of engagement’, D837 Week 4 Study Guide: Making things public: mobilising around urban issues [Print]
Follow the guidance for the online version of the material, but do not include [Online], ‘Available at’ or ‘Accessed’. Insert [Print] at the end of the reference.
Thompson, K. (2003) ‘Fantasy, franchises, and Frodo Baggins: The Lord of the Rings and modern Hollywood’, The Velvet Light Trap, vol. 52, no. 3, pp. 45–63 [Print].
Some module material provided in different formats does not have page numbers, for example DAISY. Section details or a heading could be provided instead. It may be decided by your tutor that this is not required, for example when quoting directly from a peer reviewed paper.
This method can also be used for PDFs where page numbers can be difficult to locate.
In the example below, ‘Sources of evidence’ is the title of the section containing the information you want to refer to.
In-text citation using section heading 'Sources of evidence':
Newman (2016, Sources of evidence) states that..
Reference does not mention section heading:
Newman, E. (2016) A332 Chapter 1: Jesus in history: scholarly interpretation and controversy, Milton Keynes, The Open University.
For audio material such as MP3 a timestamp could be used to reference text that has been converted to speech.
In-text citation using time stamp:
Newman (2016, 10.12) states that..
Newman, E. (2016) A332 Chapter 1: Jesus in history: scholarly interpretation and controversy, Milton Keynes, The Open University [MP3].
If you refer to page numbers, they may be different in the converted format from the original. As mentioned above, details of the format converted to could be provided at the end of the reference to.
Newman (2016, p. 15) states that..
Newman, E. (2016) A332 Chapter 1: Jesus in history: scholarly interpretation and controversy, Milton Keynes, The Open University [Converted to Word].