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.
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.
Referencing can seem like an enormous and complex task, especially when you have amassed a stack of resources for your essay.
But like anything, once you break it down into manageable chunks, it’s really not scary at all. Luckily, our Study Smart tutorial on referencing can help break referencing down into four easy steps.
1. Choose your referencing style
You can, in some instances, make this choice, but mostly your Course or School dictates which referencing style you are to follow. It’s your responsibility to find out what referencing style you are required to use, and to locate the correct style guide.
Common styles include APA 6, AGPS Harvard, MLA, and Vancouver. Check out our Referencing styles page to find out more information, or find comprehensive style guides.
2. Identify the resource type
Is it a book? Is it a print book or an eBook? Is it the whole book, or just a chapter? Is it a journal article, web document or conference proceeding?
The resource type will dictate what details you will need to record. Check the referencing style guide to see what information you need to record for that resource type.
3. Collect information
Accurately record all the information about the resource you are referencing. You will need to note who created it, when was it created, what is it called and where was it published.
Be sure to consult your referencing style guide during this step. It will specify exactly what information you need.
4. Write your reference list
At this point, you will have your referencing style guide in front of you, and all the pertinent information about the resource you are referencing.
Now, it’s just a matter of putting the information together in the right order, with the right punctuation and capitalisation. Use the examples from your referencing guide to create a reference and in-text citation for your resource.
And, check out the referencing tool
For a quick snapshot of how to structure your reference, check out Griffith’s Referencing Tool. It combines the above steps so you can select your reference style, media type, and format, to be shown an example of how to reference your resource both in-text, and in your reference list.
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).
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.
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 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.
New this year and keen to check out all the nooks and cranny’s, finding the best sneaky study spots inside the library? Or maybe you’re a returning students who had a bit too much fun on the holidays and can’t quite remember where it was you were supposed to meet your mate. Did you know that you can tour each of the Griffith University’s libraries online?
Click your way through each campus library on the new 360 degree online tours.
The tours can be found on each library’s Places and Spaces page but we will do you one better and link you to each campus directly:
Take the time to click on each library, explore the zones, hey you might even recognise a blurred face or two! Great thing about these new 360 tours is – they are also on Google Maps!
Remember, while each campus library may look different, we still offer the same great services at each:
- Workshops and Training
- Consultations with a Learning Adviser
- Self Help Resources
- Referencing Tool
- Excellent Customer Service – including face to face, chat, email, and phone!