Worried about your referencing?

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Stay in bed for referencing help. No, really!

Just when you thought you had referencing mastered, an absolute cracker of a referencing problem rears its ugly head.

Maybe you are following APA and can’t find the articles DOI. Where is it? Don’t all articles have a DOI? Shall I just use the URL of the article in the database? Wait, what does a DOI look like again?

If you are struggling to find an answer to your referencing problem, we have the solution! Book a 20-minute Research and Referencing Consultation with an Information Literacy Librarian.

Information Literacy Librarians are the referencing guru’s who have all the answers (well, most of them anyway, and they know how to research the rest!)

They can help with your tricky referencing problem, or simply provide guidance with referencing principles and their application to academic writing.

Or if you need assistance with finding, evaluating, and using information for assessments, they are down with that too. This includes searching the library catalogue, databases and the internet for appropriate scholarly material.

Since so many of you are already familiar with these consultations, they book out super fast. So get in quick! Remember, the early bird catches the worm (#sorrynotsorry for using a lame saying to make my point).

Are you off campus and need help with research or referencing? Stay in your warm cozy bed with a laptop and the cat (or dog!) and book an online consultation. Or if your pants are on and your hair is brushed, you can meet with an actual real-life librarian, face-to-face (yes, pants are a requirement).

Book now!


Referencing questions?

To reference, or not to reference, – that is the question;
Whether ‘tis necessary to show your readers where you have been
Providing them with directions to your research,
Or leave them floundering in a sea of information[1]

Many students booking into our consultations are asking for referencing help. Common things we get asked include:

  • Which style do I use?
  • Why are there so many styles?
  • Why can’t we all use the same style?

These are good questions. At Griffith University referencing styles differ according to course and program. This is to ensure that referencing is consistent within each academic field. Professional bodies such as the American Psychological Association (APA) and Modern Language Association (MLA) manage many of these styles. Referencing enables you to present your writing, and its sources, in a manner that allows others to assess your work. Once you have learnt the mechanics of a style it will become easier to reference correctly.

In terms of referencing, make sure you always have these details: the who, the what, the where and the when. These are the elements that are common in all referencing styles. Once you have these elements, you can represent them according to APA 6th, AGPS Harvard or any other style you are being asked to use.

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For more information on referencing, click on the links below:

[1] Based on Act III, Scene I, Shakespeare, W. (n.d.). The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Champaign, Ill: Project Gutenberg.


EndNote: useful referencing software

EndnoteBefore the invention of referencing software, many students and staff had to enter in-text citations, reference lists and bibliographies manually and ensure they were correct according to the appropriate referencing style guidebook. Today, however, academic writing is made a little easier with the use of referencing software such as EndNote. EndNote is the software that is officially supported by the university.

EndNote is capable of formatting both in-text citations in the body of a document and the full reference at the end of the document in just a couple of clicks, once the software is installed and set up properly. EndNote is free for all students and staff. See the EndNote Subject Guide to learn how to download and use the software.

If you are an honours student, postgraduate student, HDR candidate or a staff member, it may be helpful to book and attend an EndNote for Windows or an EndNote for Mac workshop on your campus. Bookings open the week before each workshop and are conducted by an ICT Literacy Specialist.

If you would like assistance using the software, attend one of our Drop-In Sessions or book a Consultation with an ICT Literacy Specialist for more in-depth assistance.

For assistance with referencing your sources, attend a Referencing workshop or book a one-on-one Research & Referencing consultation with a Librarian.


This Week in the Library – Semester 1, Week 4

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Studying off-campus?  Studying and working, or just find your weekdays filled?

As Referencing Week winds up, why not take the opportunity to attend an EndNote session this weekend? A must for HDR or Postgraduate students.  Click on the link in the table to book now.

To view the entire workshop timetable, visit the Workshops and Training webpage on the library website.

Workshop Date Start Time Campus Room
EndNote for Windows 28 March 11:00 AM Gold Coast G10_2.04
EndNote for Windows 28 March 11:00 AM Nathan N53_1.50

 


This Week in the Library – Semester 1, Week 3

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Library and Learning Services workshops are free for all students and staff, and you can attend as many as you like – as many times as you like!

To view the entire workshop timetable, visit the Workshops and Training webpage on the library website.  Please note that some workshops require booking – check on the website for more information.

We also offer consultation services to help with your Academic, Computing and Library Research Skills. Book online to make the most of the services offered.

Workshop Date Start Time Campus Room
Researching for your assignment 16 March 12:00 PM Nathan N53_1.49
How your networks and sharing can maximise your impact 16 March 01:00 PM Nathan N53_1.51
Word: theses and other long documents 16 March 09:00 AM Nathan N53_1.50
Word: formatting for consistency 16 March 09:00 AM Gold Coast G10_2.04
Referencing 17 March 12:00 PM Online ONL_INE
Excel essentials 17 March 09:00 AM Nathan N53_1.50
Writing paragraphs 17 March 12:00 PM Nathan N53_1.51
How your networks and sharing can maximise your impact 17 March 10:00 AM Gold Coast G10_2.25
Researching for your assignment 17 March 12:00 PM Logan L05_3.03
Excel essentials 17 March 09:00 AM Gold Coast G10_2.04
Writing reports 18 March 01:00 PM Nathan N53_1.51
PowerPoint essentials 18 March 01:00 PM Nathan N53_1.50
Researching for your assignment 18 March 04:00 PM Nathan N53_1.49
Research Survey Tool 18 March 09:00 AM Gold Coast G10_2.04
Excel: formulas and organising data 19 March 01:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.04
Writing introductions and conclusions 19 March 01:00 PM Nathan N53_1.51
Word: formatting for consistency 19 March 09:00 AM Nathan N53_1.50
Moving beyond description 20 March 11:00 AM Nathan N53_1.51
Researching for your assignment 20 March 12:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.09
Word: theses and other long documents 20 March 09:00 AM Gold Coast G10_2.04
Referencing 21 March 12:00 PM Online ONL_INE
Researching for your assignment 21 March 10:00 AM Online ONL_INE

 


This Week in the Library – Semester 1, Week 2

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Library and Learning Services workshops are free for all students and staff, and you can attend as many as you like – as many times as you like!

To view the entire workshop timetable, visit the Workshops and Training webpage on the library website.  Please note that some workshops require booking – check on the website for more information.

We also offer consultation services to help with your Academic, Computing and Library Research Skills. Book online to make the most of the services offered.

Workshop Date Start Time Campus Room
Writing paragraphs 09 March 11:00 AM Gold Coast G10_2.25
Word: formatting for consistency 09 March 01:00 PM Nathan N53_1.50
Word essentials 09 March 09:00 AM Gold Coast G10_2.04
Research Survey Tool 09 March 09:00 AM Nathan N53_1.50
Word essentials 10 March 09:00 AM Nathan N53_1.50
PowerPoint essentials 10 March 01:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.04
Reading a journal article 10 March 12:00 PM Nathan N53_1.51
Oral presentations 11 March 01:00 PM Nathan N53_1.51
Connecting with Google 11 March 09:30 AM Gold Coast G10_2.04
Connecting with Google 11 March 09:30 AM Nathan N53_1.50
Setting up your own topic or research question 11 March 04:00 PM Nathan N53_1.51
Keeping current with your research 11 March 01:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.09
Writing paragraphs 12 March 01:00 PM Nathan N53_1.51
Excel: formulas and organising data 12 March 09:00 AM Nathan N53_1.50
Excel essentials 12 March 01:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.04
Structuring and writing an academic assignment 12 March 01:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.25
Getting started on your assignment 13 March 11:00 AM Nathan N53_1.51
Research like an expert 13 March 01:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.09
PowerPoint essentials 13 March 09:00 AM Nathan N53_1.50

 


This Week in the Library – Semester 1, Week 1

this-week-in-the-library

Library and Learning Services workshops are free for all students and staff, and you can attend as many as you like – as many times as you like!

To view the entire workshop timetable, visit the Workshops and Training webpage on the library website.  Please note that some workshops require booking – check on the website for more information.

We also offer consultation services to help with your Academic, Computing and Library Research Skills. Book online to make the most of the services offered.

Workshop Date Start Time Campus Room
Introduction to Griffith’s online environment 02 March 10:00 AM Nathan N53_1.50
Time management 02 March 11:00 AM Gold Coast G10_2.25
EndNote for Windows 02 March 01:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.04
EndNote for Mac 03 March 09:00 AM Nathan N53_1.50
Word essentials 03 March 09:00 AM Gold Coast G10_2.04
Researching for your assignment 03 March 12:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.09
Unpacking the question 03 March 12:00 PM Nathan N53_1.51
Researching for your assignment 04 March 12:00 PM Nathan N53_1.49
Preparing for postgraduate study 04 March 04:00 PM Nathan N53_1.51
Reading a journal article 04 March 01:00 PM Nathan N53_1.51
Word essentials 04 March 01:00 PM Nathan N53_1.50
Keeping current with your research 04 March 10:00 AM Nathan N53_1.49
PowerPoint essentials 04 March 09:00 AM Gold Coast G10_2.04
Unpacking the question 05 March 01:00 PM Nathan N53_1.51
Referencing 05 March 12:00 PM Nathan N53_1.49
Excel essentials 05 March 09:00 AM Nathan N53_1.50
Managing your reading and note taking 05 March 01:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.25
EndNote for Mac 05 March 01:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.09
EndNote for Windows 06 March 09:00 AM Nathan N53_1.50
Referencing 06 March 12:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.09
Introduction to Griffith’s online environment 06 March 10:00 AM Gold Coast G10_2.04
Managing your reading and note taking 06 March 11:00 AM Nathan N53_1.51
Research like an expert 06 March 01:00 PM Nathan N53_1.49