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