How to keep on top of your referencing

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Referencing is a big part of uni. It’s how you clearly and consistently acknowledge all the information sources you have used in your work.

Being such an essential skill, we recommend you become proficient at it.

As an undergraduate student where you’re generally writing shorter assignments (I know, 2000 words isn’t that short – but hey, it’s shorter than a dissertation!) we suggest you use our referencing tool to guide you with your referencing. The referencing tool is designed to provide you with examples of direct quotations, paraphrasing and full references for a range of resources you may have used when researching a topic. Over time you’ll build up your skills in this area, and know what a reference should look like.

As you move towards more lengthy assignments, research papers, and so forth, you may be struggling to stay on top of the massive array of resources you’ve used.

Enter: EndNote.

EndNote is Griffith’s recommended bibliographic management software, and enables you to easily:

  • Collect references
  • Organise references and documents in a searchable library
  • Create instant reference lists and/or bibliographies

It’s super handy if you have a large amount of research you need to organise. You are able to store all the citations in one place, and easily insert them straight into Word. And, as soon as you insert an in-text reference into word, the full reference will be added to the document’s Reference List section.

Best part – it updates. If you decide to remove a section of text, which may have had an in text reference used nowhere else, this reference will automatically be removed from your Reference List too #timesaver.

Ok, another best part. It’s free!

To get EndNote, follow the instructions on the EndNote page to download it.

For more information on referencing, check out our referencing study smart page.


3 referencing apps every student should download right now

Sit back and relax... There is an app for that!

Sit back and relax… There is an app for that!

So you have spent the whole semester perfecting the art of referencing. Whether it’s APA 6th or AGPS Harvard, you have committed to memory every element and formatting convention of your course referencing style.

Or at the very least, you have bookmarked the Griffith University Referencing Tool on all your computers and devices.

But did you know there are computer applications out there that can format your references for you? The in-text citations, the reference list, the whole shebang! And they are free!

Before you jump out of your seat with excitement, just keep in mind these are not University supported applications. If you need support for this software, you will need to refer to the vendors’ help pages and community forums.

And the referencing styles in these tools may not always conform to your course referencing style. So always double check, triple check even! Okay, now you may jump with excitement (or do a happy dance if you so wish).

By Zotero
Cost: Free
Available: Zotero website

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research source. Zotero is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. There are two versions of Zotero. Zotero Standalone runs as a separate application and plugs into your choice of browser. Zotero for Firefox lets you capture and organize all your research without ever leaving the browser.

By Mendeley Ltd
Cost: Free
Available: Mendeley website and iTunes

Mendeley is a free reference manager and PDF reader designed for researchers, students, and knowledge-workers. Mendeley is available for Mac, Windows, Linux and Apple devices. You can make your own fully-searchable library in seconds, read and annotate your PDFs, and collaborate with others in private groups. Sync your library across all your devices including Mendeley Desktop, where you can easily cite your research as you write in Microsoft Word.

RefME – Referencing Made Easy
By RefME
Cost: Free
Available: App Store and Google Play

RefME is a tool for automating citations, reference lists and bibliographies, on mobile and web. You can generate citations by scanning book or journal barcodes using your phone’s camera, or search by book/article title, ISBN, ISSN, DOI or URL. Citing a website? Simply paste in the URL.  You can import and export your work to Microsoft Word, Evernote, Mendeley and many more applications.

For further information on referencing software, see the  Referencing Software Library Guide.