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There are many referencing styles, the Harvard style is one of countless styles available and is the most commonly used one in GMIT.

The Library, in consultation with GMIT's Academic Council, have developed a referencing guide based on the Harvard style.

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 our sources, in a specific format.

There will be two parts to every reference you use:

  • The in text citation, where you refer to the information you have collected during your research, and
  • The reference list at the end of your text, which gives the full details of the works so that your readers can follow up for themselves

The important thing to remember when referencing is to be consistent with whatever style you are using.

The detailed referencing guide (see below) developed by the Library describes in detail the rules of the Harvard style, along with examples of references for the various information sources you will use including books, e-books, journal articles, newspapers, databases etc.

Some Referencing books in GMIT Library

Referencing and Understanding Plagiarism

How to Cite, Reference and Avoid Plagiarism at University

Cite Them Right

The Study Skills Handbook

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Helen Flatley
GMIT Library,
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology,
Dublin Road,
Subjects: Referencing


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