The Library, in consultation with GMIT's Academic Council, has developed a referencing guide based on the Harvard citation style. The Harvard style is one of a myriad of citation styles available to students, but it is the most common one used in GMIT.
The important thing to remember when referencing is to be consistent with whatever style you are using.
The GMIT Harvard style is based on British Standard BS ISO 690: 2010. It is an author-date style, where you put the name of the author, the year the information was published and the relevant page number(s) in brackets after the quote or paraphrase in your document. At the end of the document you make a reference list of your sources, in a specific format.
There will be two parts to every reference you use:
The Library's referencing guide describes the rules of the Harvard style in detail, and gives examples of references for books, ebooks, journal articles, newspapers, databases etc.
It is extremely important to cite and reference your sources in any work you produce for your assignments. Referencing is a way of acknowledging that you have used the ideas and written material of another author. It demonstrates that you have searched the appropriate literature and that you have read on your topic. It enables anyone reading your work to look up your citations and read them for themselves.
Citation information is also available in the Library's referencing guide. Please note you will need to login with your Library ID no and PIN to view / print this document. Print guides are also available in the library.
The Library's search engine Search + Find, and the library's bibliographic databases (those that detail books and articles) have a citation export feature. You can create a reference in the Harvard style to the article you are viewing. Note this is a reference only and not the in text citation.
If you want to use software to create both your citations and references the Library recommends using EndNote Online. Choose the tab link on the library's homepage. Endnote allows users to create, store and manage references, up to 2GB storage per account, and it includes many other features for advanced researchers including an option to best match your work to a particular journal or journals.
The 'Cite While You Write' feature allows you to insert references from your EndNote library into a Word document, and it will automatically create and format your bibliography in MS Word.
The Library provides training on EndNote throughout the year. Call to the library desk, phone 094 9043146, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
See the library's comprehensive guide to using Endnote.