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…

 


Get a head start with our Earlybird workshops

Quick quiz:

  • Are you starting uni this trimester?
  • Did you find last trimester’s study a challenge?
  • Do you want to further develop your learning skills?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, our Earlybird workshops are perfect for you!

Prior to Trimester 1, 2018, we are offering the following Earlybird workshops free to Griffith students:

Strategies for study at university

Get an overview of university culture and expectations, and learn some helpful strategies for managing your time and studying effectively. Beginning the trimester with a head start on study and time management will make a world of difference, we promise!

Getting started on an ePortfolio with PebblePad

Learn about Griffith’s personal learning environment – PebblePad.

Researching and Referencing for your assignments

Being able to research and reference is a kinda crucial part of uni. If this seems daunting, come along to this workshop. You’ll gain awareness of the wide range of information resources available at Griffith and learn to identify the principles of referencing and the process of applying them within academic work.

Check out the times, dates, and locations, come along to a workshop, and start trimester one prepared for success!


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.


Get ahead with Earlybird workshops

New to study? We’ve got just the thing for you – some Earlybird workshops on PebblePad, writing university assignments, research and referencing as well as Library orientation tours.

On 26 October 2017, you have a chance to join the workshops on Nathan and Gold Coast campuses. Starting at 8:45am, the three workshops are spread over the day and you can arrange for a Library tour at the front desk of any Library.  In fact, anytime during orientation week, you can ask at your Library’s front desk of a tour!  No need to book the workshops or the tour.

Getting started on an ePortfolio on PebblePad (1hr)

Learn about Griffith’s personal learning environment – PebblePad.  Bring along a device and your login details.

Thursday 26 October 2017
Thursday 26 October 2017
Gold Coast
Nathan
8:45am
8:45am
Lecture Theatre 3 (G17_LT3)
Macrossan (N16_0.06)

Writing university assignments (2hrs)

Covers the basics of getting started on structuring and writing assignments.

Thursday 26 October 2017
Thursday 26 October 2017
Gold Coast
Nathan
1:00pm
10:00am
Lecture Theatre 3 (G17_LT3)
Macrossan (N16_0.06)

Researching and referencing for your assignment (2hrs)

Gain awareness of the wide range of information resources available at Griffith and learn to identify the principles of referencing and the process of applying them within academic work.

Thursday 26 October 2017
Thursday 26 October 2017
Gold Coast
Nathan
10:00am
1:00pm
Lecture Theatre 3 (G17_LT3)
Macrossan (N16_0.06)

Library orientation

The library is so much more than books on the shelves.

You can take a 15 minute tour of your library during orientation week.  Getting to know your library will make studying at university so much easier.

How EndNote can help with referencing

Overwhelmed by referencing?

Referencing is an essential skill to have as a uni student.

We know, it can be pedantic: where to italicise, where to put a comma (wait, was it a comma, or a full stop?!), whether to capatalise or not….

When you start out, we recommend you use our Referencing Tool. This will help you get the hang of referencing, and what your citation should look like.

But you may get to the stage where you’re writing extensive literature reviews or maybe even a research thesis. Where you can reference APA and AGPS Harvard off the top of your head (a skill I have mastered, and am a little too proud of). At this point manually referencing can become tedious and inefficient.

If you’re at this point and haven’t already heard of EndNote, you probably want to take a look at it.

EndNote is Griffith’s recommended bibliographic management software, and can be used 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.

The best part is that it updates and syncs. 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.

As a Griffith staff member or student you can download EndNote for free from Griffith’s Software Download Service. Find out more about using EndNote here.


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!