The easiest way to manage references is to use a reference management tool that will automatically format citations and bibliographies for you. While the Healthcare Library does not subscribe to such a tool there are various free reference management tools available (see below for further information).
When writing a piece of work, it's essential to give accurate references to all the sources you have used, so that:
There are many different referencing styles to choose from, but 2 major styles are Harvard (or Author-Date System) and Vancouver (or Numeric System). These styles are outlined below.
There are a range of online tutorials and help guides to support you when getting started with Mendeley one of tools you can use to manage your references.
In Harvard, the originator's name and year of publication of the cited document are given after each citation:
Predictability has been defined as the knowledge the person has about when and under what circumstances an event will occur (Miller, 1981).
References are arranged at the end of the text in alphabetical order, and also by year and letter if necessary:
MILLER, S.M. (1981) Predictability and human stress: toward a clarification of evidency and theory. In: L. Berkowitz ed., Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, Vol. 14, Academic Press, New York, pp.203-255.
For more information on using Harvard, click here.
In Vancouver, numerals are used in the text (usually in parentheses) to refer to cited documents:
Adhesion to dentin is often promoted by acid pre-treatment . The maintenance of conformation is important for facilitating the penetration of bonding materials .
References are listed at the end of the text in numerical order:
For more information on using Vancouver, click here.