What is Referencing?

It is acknowledging someone else’s work when you are doing an assignment. Usually you would reference anything that you refer to in your writing even if you are putting it in your own words. More Info from Cite Them Right.   2 minute read

Book a Tutorial on endnote basic

If you need extra help you can email the library help desk and book a tutorial either in person or online.

What does referencing look like?

It depends on what style you are using. There are two parts to a reference,
 
  1. The in-text citation
  2. The actual reference at the bottom of your assignment in a list
 
There are also different types of  referencing styles
 
  • Author- Date Styles- looks like (Meehan 2020) (Kelly 1999)
  • Numbered Styles- looks like 1, 2 etc
 
Most of you are using Harvard. Some are using MLA and even the British Journal of Nutrition Style.

How many versions of Harvard are there?

Thousands!! Just check Zotero style respository to see. Most of your lecturers will tell you to use Harvard, and wont mind what version as long as you are consistent, but double check with them.

How do I get started?

Recipe for referencing success
      1. Read the Basics section from cite Them Right – 10 minute read
      2. Try manually referencing something yourself
      3. Watch the YouTube videos if you want to use Endnote Web
      4. Book a library online tutorial with us by emailing the library Helpdesk. library@nullitsligo.ie

      Don’t panic if it does not make sense in there beginning – we often have repeat customers looks for help – it’s all a process learning these things. You will get there.

Endnote referencing software

Endnote Web Software

Once you are comfortable with the basics of referencing you can learn to use Endnote Basic referencing tool. We have a variety of referencing styles loaded into Endnote Basic.

There are two versions of Endnote.. There is EndNote X9 which is paid software and there is Endnote Web which is free and which we recommend.

It is a website that you register with (whatever email address you like) and save your citations to. (a citation is just information about the paper or book)

You then download and install a plugin (an app that plugs into another app) from endnoteweb.com and it plugs into word. You can then access all the citations and get the plugin to automatically do your referencing. We have guides and help for you to get started and we also do on campus and online tutorials to give you help. Just email the library helpdesk for an appointment. library@nullitsligo.ie

Other Software

There is some really good free software out there that we recommend if you don’t wish to use endnote. On of the cons of using other software is that the ITSligo Harvard referencing style can’t be used with it. You won’t get as much support from library staff either. We are expert in using endnote web, so support would be better.

Mendeley

Qiqqa

Zotero