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Citing and Sharing

How can O'Reilly content be cited?

O'Reilly does not feature tools to download full citations or export references to tools such as RefWorks

To do this, we recommend searching for the relevant title on Discover@Bolton. From here you can use the simple citation option to view the citation in Harvard style, or download the full bibliographic information to be formatted in RefWorks. 

Alternatively, you can use the highlighting feature to help you creating citations:

  1. Highlight the quotes in the book you want to cite.
  2. Go to the Highlights page under Your O'Reilly on the Home Page.
  3. Select "Export all highlights".
  4. Download the file. The file includes title and URL, to start creating the citation. O'Reilly does not have page numbers because the text is free flowing and will shift to fit the page size. O'Reilly should be cited as an online resource.

Can O'Reilly content be shared? 

Yes, you can share links to content on O'Reilly as long as they have access to the platform via the University of Bolton or via another organisation. If they do not have access only a small preview of the content will be shown.

You can use the browser URLs for sharing O'Reilly content (books, videos etc). For Playlists, a specific sharing feature is available. Links can be used in Moodle, Canvas and other LMS systems.

As a general rule, users should be logged in to their personal accounts before clicking a shared link. However, users will have different experiences with the URL depending on what authentication method the organisation is using.