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.


How to improve your study skills

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Study skills are essential to academic success.

But there are oh so many facets: critical thinking, time management, reading effectively, effective note taking, assignment preparation, assignment writing, referencing, exam preparation…

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a guide to all this? With strategies and resources designed to help you succeed in your studies?

Oh, lucky – there is!

The library’s study skills page is full of self-help resources to help you achieve academic success.

To start off, you can take an interactive tutorial on preparing for university, and learn to maximise your study time through tips on critical thinking, time management, reading effectively, and effective note taking.

Now we’re getting to the gritty end of the trimester, you might find our tutorials on preparing for your assignment and writing your assignment super handy. Trust us, good preparation and planning will make writing your assignment so much easier (give it a shot!).

We’ve also got tips to help you become a referencing guru. Almost all assessment pieces have dedicated marks for referencing, so it’s worth taking the time to get good at referencing.

And with the exam block looming, we recommend you take a look at our information on exam preparation to help you ace exams.

There are even tips on improving your social media skills. I know, you’re a millennial, what can we teach you that you don’t already know, right? But check it out, you might learn a thing a two. Like how to use social media to help land a job.

Referencing made easy

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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.

We’re celebrating Wikipedia’s 16th birthday


You know it, and we agree – Wikipedia is brilliant.

But, you know how your lecturers are always telling you that you can’t reference Wikipedia? Well, there’s a reason for it.

Anyone in the world can access and update pages on Wikipedia. And they could be wrong. But just like when your lecturers mark your essays, the more factual references there are, the more it is evident that content is rooted in fact.

So to celebrate Wikipedia’s sweet 16th on 15 January, Wikipedia is holding #1Lib1Ref.

#1Lib1Ref is an event which asks each librarian on Earth to add a citation to a Wikipedia article. And you bet that our librarians are jumping on board.

The #1Lib1Ref drive is running from 15 January to 3 February, and our librarians are getting together on 25 January to power these references out. We can’t miss an opportunity to celebrate Wikipedia (and hang out together sipping tea and talking about our cats, as the stereotype goes).

While we’re doing our best to increase the accuracy of Wikipedia, don’t forget – it’s a great starting place for assignments (it’s really wonderful, isn’t it?), but make sure you reference, reference, reference (not the Wikipedia page – but possibly the Wikipedia reference!).


10am – 12pm
25 January

Nathan Library
Gold Coast Library

Worried about your referencing?

Referencing can be a little scary. Get help!

Referencing can be a little scary. But we can help!

So you’ve written an absolute cracker of an essay. You are going to get top marks for sure. Now you just have to compile the reference list which should be dead easy, right? Wrong.

Most of us struggle with referencing. There are just so many rules – put this in alphabetical order, centre that, double space this, use abbreviations for that…

If you need help with your referencing, 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!

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 enjoy an online consultation.

Book a consultation now!

Get help with referencing during Referencing Week

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It’s Referencing Week! Blitz your reference lists and attend a ReferencingEndnote for Windows or Endnote for Mac workshop this week.

What are you waiting for? Take a look through this week’s workshop timetable and book into a session. You don’t even need to be on campus; we have three webinars on researching and referencing that you can attend virtually.

Already attended a workshop and just need a refresher? We have these helpful resources for you:

Referencing tool
Direct quotation, paraphrasing and reference list examples are included for each of the four referencing styles used at Griffith

Referencing guide
Provides an overview of what referencing is, why it is an important part of academic integrity, and how to reference correctly.

Individual and small group consultation sessions
Consult with a Library or Academic Skills specialist.

Can I get help with research and referencing at home?

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Yes, you can. Book an online session and consult with a library specialist from home or work.  It’s quick and easy to set up.

That’s right, you can have a virtual meeting from the comfort of your bed/office. Using Cisco WebEx (similar to Skype), a library specialist can provide assistance with researching and referencing queries.

Cisco WebEx is awesome for desktop sharing. This means the library specialist can show you what’s happening on their computer screen. You’ll be able to follow along when they are demonstrating how to search that tricky database or library catalogue.

You can also share what’s happening on your computer screen. This will be handy for when you need advice on that reference list you’ve been working on forever. If they can’t see what you’ve done, how can they possibly help?

Do you have computer with a reliable internet connection, a working microphone and speakers and/or a headset? Great! You are all ready for your online consult! A webcam is not essential.

You can even join a consultation using a smart phone or tablet. However, this option does not allow you to share your device’s screen. You will also need to download the Cisco WebEx Meetings app.

Try it! Simply choose an online session from the list of available consultation times and book in.  After we receive your booking, we email you details on how to access the meeting.  Book now!

See you online!