As I promised. On a Saturday afternoon, instead of taking my usual nap, here I am, to give you a bit of an insight on how to reference. And if that’s not devotion, I don’t know what is…
So here we go. First of all, I want to clarify that I’m using the Harvard Referencing System, so if you’re using any other, I do not know how useful my tips will be.
So here are a couple of important things, which you may know but always seem to forget about referencing:
- The references in the referencing list should always be in alphabetical order, not in order of citation in text. I stress on this one, because I always forget it myself… so yeah. Learn your A B C, or take a phone, either way;
- If you’re unsure of how to reference a certain source, it is better to use book guides to referencing as opposed to the Internet, mainly because when it comes to Academic papers the Internet is pretty unreliable, I mean we can all share our opinion and the way we do it, but it is not backed up by any academic sources, so yeah… That is the reason why here I’m not going to explain how to reference sources per se, but rather give you a couple of hints on how to make sure that you get it right format wise;
- When you’re doing a huge research it is good to have a word/text/whatever software you are using to type for all your sources only. This way you will know that you have all the references in one place and the second good reason (at least it seems so to me) is that it won’t interfere with your word count. So the idea is as soon as you put the intext citations, you take the link/book/journal/whatever source and you record it in the separate word file. After you’re done with the paper you can easily sort them out alphabetically and copy paste in the end of it. (By the way this advice comes from my tutor, so I don’t really take credit for it. See? I refer you to him 😉 Sorta.);
- Don’t spend ages on your research, sure it’s good to have reliable sources, but learn to filter them. I’ve mentioned that in the previous topic as well, but you have to understand how important filtering is. If you’re reading a book, go to the index, see what chapter(s) concern you. If you’re online you have it even better – ctrl+f > input key words and BAAM!! You’re done;
- Whatever referencing system you’re using try to keep it consistent. Actually if you’re using it correctly it must be consistent anyway, that’s how these things are designed.
- Some online platforms such as instagram, facebook, twitter, etc. are relatively new, however you can still reference them. Most updated referencing guidebooks do include them due to their popularity as seeing as famous people find social media easy enough to share information you can quote their facebook updates.