What’s the difference between a reference list and a bibliography?

Bibliographies vs reference lists are kind of like a Millennium Falcon vs an X-wing starfighter.

One’s smaller and encompasses the essentials (i.e. only sources you have referred to), while the other’s more expansive with smuggling compartments and cargo bays full of information (i.e. everything you’ve used to help with your assignment).

Let us spell it out, without the Star Wars terminology:

Reference Lists

  • Generally contain only sources you have cited in-text as part of your assignment.

Bibliographies

  • Are generally a list of all the sources you have used. In addition to listing the sources you cited in-text, you also list resources that you read to generate your ideas about the topic.

Most referencing styles used at Griffith use a reference list (i.e. APA 6 and Harvard), although some use a bibliography (i.e. Chicago 16A).

Sometimes, the two terms are used interchangeably so it is very important to check with your lecturer if you are not sure what is required for your assignment.

For more information, check out the Referencing styles information on the Library Study web page. You can also take a look at the Referencing Tool providing examples for in-text and reference lists according to AGPS Harvard, APA 6 and Vancouver styles.


Have you used our Referencing Tool yet? #Timesaver

It seems that referencing is the bane of many students’ existence.

But really, it’s just like shoving 10 marshmallows in your mouth. Intimidating, until you actually start to do it. Then you realise it’s actually not so hard.

If you’re a weirdo like us, you may even come to enjoy it (referencing, not the marshmallows, that is). In fact, it’s often an area where you can score some easy marks if done properly. And truly, it’s not that hard.

To make referencing easier, Griffith has developed a super-handy Referencing Tool.

Using the Referencing Tool is as easy as 1, 2, 3! You simply select your reference style, media type and format and the handy little tool will give you an example for both the in-text citation and reference list entry.

Just be aware that if you need to know about the intricacies of authors (including how many you should show in the in-text citation) you will need to look up the details under books in your preferred citation style.

If you’re still feeling a bit perplexed, check out our Study Smart guide to referencing. Maybe grab some marshmallows while you’re at it…

 


How to become a referencing pro

It’s a word that often sends shudders down the spines of students: referencing.

We see so many students leave referencing until the very last minute, then scramble to organise all of their references and cite them correctly. It often seems like a daunting, confusing task.

But we’re about to drop a truth bomb that you’re probably not going to believe: It’s not that scary.

Really. Please believe us. Kinda like riding a bike or pretending your problems don’t exist, once you get the hang of it, it’s a skill you’ll keep.

Then you can totally impress the next person you’re trying to pick up with your ability to correctly cite the closest book using AGPS Harvard off the top of your head. Oh, are we the only ones who find that attractive?…

So, how do you take the steps to master this skill?

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 citations in one place, and insert them straight into your document. 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 – we’ve got you sorted!

Even though referencing may seem a monumental task, it is important for many reasons. It shows what you have read, enables your reader to locate your referred sources, supports and strengthens your argument and demonstrates academic integrity. It’s also an essential part of many assignments.

If thinking about referencing seems overwhelming, it’s OK. To make the task easier, Griffith has developed a  Referencing Tool.

Simply select your reference style, media type and format, and this clever tool will provide an example, for both the in-text citation and the reference list entry.

This tool is also mobile device friendly for any ‘on the move’ referencing queries.

Using this tool will ensure your proficiency in this essential skill.

If you’re still feeling a bit perplexed, check out our Study Smart guide to referencing.

Happy referencing!


Do you know about the Referencing Tool?

Wouldn’t it be great if there was an online tool that could help you structure your references? As luck would have it, there is. And it was developed by the best University ever! Your University. Griffith University.

Meet the Griffith University Referencing Tool.

Using the referencing tool is as easy as 1, 2, 3! You simply select your reference style, media type and format and the handy little tool will give you an example for both the in-text citation and reference list entry.

It’s quite genius really. And the big news is, the tool recently had a makeover. And not just cosmetic either.

Yes, it does look prettier (which to be honest is always important) but it also has improved functionality.

It’s now mobile device friendly so you can reference on the go. Are you pondering how to reference that journal article while you are on the train?

Simply, whip out your mobile phone, open the referencing tool, and get the answer you need.

Do you need to print out a referencing example from the tool? You totally can. The redeveloped tool now gives you further printing options. We know you still like to consult a print copy once in awhile (#oldschool).

For those of you who used the old referencing tool, don’t worry. The new one still has the same layout so you won’t have to relearn how to use it (not that it’s hard!).


How to keep on top of your referencing

Person writing list

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.

 


Referencing made easy

Photo of woman on laptop

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.