Referencing acknowledges the books, articles, websites, and any other material used in the writing of a paper, essay or thesis. It is about crediting the work of other authors and is not just a means of ensuring that the work was carried out by you, the student. Don't be afraid of it, if you are unsure of yourself when referencing come and speak to one of our faculty librarians or the first-year librarian. Or check out one of the many free online citation tools mentioned in the box below.
Referencing acknowledges the books, articles, websites, and any other material used in the writing of a paper, essay or thesis.
1. Essential Elements of Referencing
This is an example of in-text citing (citations are in bold for demonstration only):
The early 21st century has seen the development of a global epidemic of obesity, as emphasised by a growing body of articles, popular books, and most recently the movie Supersize Me (Spurlock 2004). To prevent obesity, habits need to be changed and dietary education as part of the school curriculum is key (MacDonald 1997, p.78). It is clear that to decrease obesity levels in populations, significant sociological changes will need to take place.
This is how the entries would look in your reference list:
Macdonald, G. (1997) ‘Innovation diffusion and health education in schools’, in Sidell, M., Jones, L., Katz, J. and Peberdy, A., eds., Debates and dilemmas in promoting health, London: Open University, 55-83.
Spurlock, M. (2004) Supersize me: a film of epic proportions [film], Beverly Hills: Roadside Attractions.
Passing off another scholar’s work as your own is plagiarism and is considered a major disciplinary offence. Read more about plagiarism in Chapter 6 and Appendix 3 of the UL Student Handbook.
Turnitin.com is used at the University of Limerick to check for instances of plagiarism in students’ work. Check with your department with any questions about the use of Turnitin.
3. Harvard (Name-Date) referencing style
Many departments in the University of Limerick recommend a style based on the Harvard (Name-Date) referencing style. There are variations and interpretations within the Harvard referencing style. This guide gives you a version of Harvard based on ISO 690:2010 and BS 5605:1990 approved by UL, hereafter called Harvard UL. However, you should check which style or variation your department or thesis supervisor recommends. Whatever referencing style you are required to follow you must ensure:
4. Referencing styles by discipline or subject
In addition to the Harvard UL style, there are several other styles used in the University of Limerick as other styles are more appropriate to specific disciplines or subjects such as:
There are thousands of other referencing styles including:
If submitting a paper to a publisher, you should check with them to see if there is a particular style that they would like you to use.
The Glucksman Library’s Referencing & EndNote LibGuide provides more information on the different referencing styles and EndNote bibliographic management software at https://libguides.ul.ie/referencing-endnote.
You can direct referencing queries or comments to the Information Desk, your Faculty Librarian or via Ask Us – Tell Us on the library website: www.ul.ie/library.
For further information on how to cite and sample references see Cite It Right.
Reference management software can help you:
To access the 4th edition of the Glucksman Library's Cite It Right: Guide to Harvard Referencing Style go to https://libguides.ul.ie/citeitright. A PDF version of the 4th edition can be accessed below:
In addition to referencing software such as Endnote and Mendeley, there are also many tools available online. These tools allow you to select your preferred referencing style, choose the type of source you are using (e.g. book, article, website), and will generate a citation for you automatically.
I would recommend these online tools if you are looking for a fast and easy solution to referencing an assignment and creating a bibliography. Most of these tools are free to use, but may require you to pay a fee if you hope to save a library. So they are ideal if you simply wish to generate your citations and then copy-and-paste into your assignments.
A simple search in Google for "online citation generator" will provide you with plenty of options to choose from but if you want some specific examples try out:
Tip: If you want to use the University of Limerick - Harvard style of referencing, search for "University of Limerick", not Harvard UL.
In addition to Cite It Right there are several other referencing guides available in the Library and these can be found at shelfmark 808+. Some examples are shown below: