/ Dissertation Refenceing
I have to use Harvard referencing and it takes a great deal of precious time to create the Ref list and I heard there might be an online resource for creating references?
any help appreciated as deadline is 3 weeks away and I've still got quite a bit to do!
I would second what you said about doing it as you go along. If you've got to this stage, with all the papers, and haven't put the details into any referencing software it might actually be quicker to just do it manually. That's what I ended up doing for my PhD thesis. It was a slog, but as long as you do it carefully and logically its not to bad. Your dissertation can't be anywhere near as long as my thesis was! (note, if I did it again I would have used referencing software from the start without a doubt, to plan to do it manually would be insane, but hindsight is wonderful and some seemingly obvious things aren't!)
You can do it in Word and it's pretty simple - you can add page numbers to citations, add bibliography at the end etc. I prefer doing it this way because everything is then in one programme. Look up 'adding references in MS Word' on google. If they haven't got the referencing template you need as standard you can either create your own or download one (I use Harvard referencing and found a decent template after a short bit of googling).
For a dissertation? Man, that's pretty short - what course are you doing?
The referencing is 10% of the mark and it's the one thing that has let me down with other assignments.
There are a whole load of different options to try here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_reference_management_software
Endnote has good integration with Word and with databases such as WoK and Pubmed, but it's expensive. It might be available on your institute's machines though.
I like Mendeley and Zotero for free options.
I'll second the recommendation for Mendeley. Easy to import references from Google Scholar (or wherever) and it'll format the bibliography however you like.
If I gave into my particularly grumpy scathing mood today I'd say you could have written out 9-20 references in the time it's taken post/respond to this thread, or to mess about finding software, but that would be mean :-)
I think I used RefGrabIt which was provided by the university. Although iirc, it was crap at formatting the output, so I ended up have to retype half of them anyway. It was good for capturing references as I went along (especially over a long period working on my dissertation), but you might find it easier just to type them out.
It keeps a master list of references as well, so if you've used a certain book in another Word doc then you can import it from the master list into the current list etc. It's just the absolute biz.
> It keeps a master list of references as well, so if you've used a certain book in another Word doc then you can import it from the master list into the current list etc. It's just the absolute biz.
Thanks I'll look at that as I've actually been reviewing textbooks more than journals. I think the online Library catalogue has most of the information I need so I can cut and paste that info.
As others have said, use the inbuilt referencing software in MS word.
Just finishing my part-time MSc thesis now (15,000 ish words). I hate referencing. The university provides refworks and it works fine on their systems. Unfortunately I'm using a laptop provided by my office who have an "absolutely no third-party software whatsoever" policy. So no refworks for me :-(
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