Change from Abertay to Cite Them Right Harvard Referencing Style – Important Announcement!

Important info for returning students: Changes to the Harvard referencing style

What’s happening?

From September 4th 2017 the Cite them Right version of Harvard will become the standard referencing style for all Abertay University taught modules which previously used Abertay Harvard – as endorsed by the University’s Teaching and Learning Committee. This will mean some minor changes to how you reference your sources (e.g. the use of brackets around the date of publication).

Why is this change happening?

The Abertay Harvard style was very specific to Abertay.  Lots of students are using free referencing tools such as Mendeley, Zotero, Easybib and RefMe.  Abertay Harvard was not available as a style to use with these tools.  Cite them Right Harvard is widely used across higher education and is available as a style via all these tools, making them more usable for everyone.

Where can I get a guide for the new style?

The library has produced a short guide which is available to pick up in the Library or view online  This covers most of the main reference types you are likely to use – books, journal articles, websites etc. There is also a more comprehensive Cite Them Right book. Several copies are available to borrow from the Library and shelved at call number 808.027 PEA.

The subject I’m studying doesn’t use Harvard style, does this change affect me?

No, students on Law modules should continue to use OSCOLA and those on Psychology modules should continue using APA. These will not be changing. Many of the tools mentioned above have APA and OSCOLA available as output styles. If you are not sure what referencing style to use, check your course documents or check with your module leader in advance of submitting any assessed work.

I use RefWorks, do I need to change my preferred output style?

If you use RefWorks, click on Customize and you will see the Cite Them Right Harvard output style as an option, select it and saved it to your customized settings. You will also need to go to Bibliography> Output Style Manager and add  Cite Them Right Harvard to your list of favourites.

If you need help with Referencing or RefWorks, come along to one of our drop-in sessions in the Library (Training Suite on Level 2), Tuesdays 11-12, Wednesdays 12-1, Thursdays 3-4pm.

If you have any further queries, please email us

Quick Guide to Harvard – new guide available here

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Study Skills Workshops – November and December 2015

Need help with your coursework, Honours Project or Dissertation?

The Library Services Team and Student Services are offering a range of Study Skills workshops between 2nd November and 9th December.  These are open to any student in any year and will help you find and use information, develop your research and writing skills and use Microsoft Office applications. The Language Centre are also running workshops on academic reading and writing aimed at international students.

You can book a place on Eventbrite

Can’t manage to come to a workshop? Library and IT drop-in sessions take place in the  IT Training Suite on level 2 of the Library:-

Tuesdays 11-12 – Help with SPSS, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, finding information for your coursework, referencing and RefWorks

Wednesdays 12-1-Help with Word, Excel, Powerpoint, finding information for your coursework, referencing and RefWorks

Thursdays 3-4-Help with Word, Excel, Powerpoint, finding information for your coursework, referencing and RefWorks

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RefWorks users – Notice of RefWorks maintenance Wednesday 12th August 2015

The Library Services Team will be updating the Abertay Harvard style in RefWorks on Wednesday 12th August. RefWorks will still be available to use, but once the update is complete all RefWorks users will need to change their customisation settings to incorporate the changes.

Please watch our YouTube video to see how quick and easy it is to customise your RefWorks account:

Please contact library@abertay.ac.uk if you need any further help

Scheduled maintenance notice Sunday 9th August – RefWorks unavailable

RefWorks will be unavailable on Sunday 9th August due to maintenance.

The maintenance window is scheduled to begin on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 03:00 a.m. and will last for eight (8) hours.

During this time RefWorks will not be available and users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance.  The provider apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.