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How to create your references using the Online Referencing Generator

  • A bibliography is a list of information sources known as references which you have used in your research.
  • The Online Referencing Generator (ORG) is a web tool that automatically creates your references for your bibliography in a style known as the Harvard Author-Date System.
  • The following five steps show you how to use the ORG, step six shows you what your bibliography should look like and the website examples show you how to find the information you need in the 3 most popular website sources.
  • Click on ORG once you have looked at the five steps.
  • The link to the ORG is always available from the library webpage in the Quick Links box along with other web based research tools or in the libguides that you are using for your research.
  • Once you click on the link you are taken to a password in the top right hand corner. The password is available from the library staff or your teacher.
  • Click on the Let's begin tab on the Middle School Bibliography option as shown below.


  • From the nine major types of information sources, look for the type of information source you are using and click on the correct link for that source. 
  • If your type of source does not appear in the list, click on the Senior Level options.



  • For example : If you have a printed book with one author click on the first choice from the Book - printed source OR if you have a website without a author click on the fifth choice from the Website source.


  • Once you have clicked on your information source the screen below comes up with fields based on your choice of information source.
  • In this example you would fill in the following fields with the information from a printed book with an author.
  • You will always need to use capital letters for proper nouns (name of a person, place, or thing) as this is the only formatting the ORG does not automatically do.
  • If you choose a website as your information source you will need to fill in a field called Sponsoring body. Look at your website and locate who published the page as your sponsoring body.
  • Click on Create Reference once all the fields are filled in.

  • The reference will appear similar to the example below.
  • Highlight, copy and paste your reference into your own file either on your USB or on your student drive.
  • Choose “merge formatting” from paste options to maintain all correct formatting including italics.
  • The ORG formats and punctuates your reference automatically.
  • REMEMBER once you have all your references for your bibliography, put them into alphabetical order by author or by organisation or by title. If it is a title ignore 'A', 'An' or 'The' at the beginning of the title and put it into alphabetical order by the second word. 

  • Your bibliography is usually handed up as a separate page or slide (in a powerpoint) and attached to your assignment.
  • Click here to go to the ORG.
  • This is an example of a completed bibliography. Notice the heading and the references are in alphabetical order by the first word :


Eastwood, K 2004, Women and girls in the Middle Ages, Crabtree, New York.

Medieval Lords 2014, Medieval Life and Times, accessed 3 May 2015, <>.


What is in text referencing?

  • Within the text of your assignment you must acknowledge the author/authoring body or the title of the information source, the date it was published and the page numbers (if known) you are using.

Why do you need to reference?

  • Referencing is used to acknowledge that an idea, image (or the exact words) used within a piece of writing (or non-written text) is that of another person.
  • Referencing shows respect for other people’s intellectual rights and avoids plagiarism.
  • In-text referencing is used to support the information you use in your assignments.

What are the two types of in-text references?

  • You can either use the author's direct words (direct quote) written within quotation marks OR a summary of their ideas (indirect quote).

What is included in a in-text reference?

  • For either a quote or a indirect quote you use the author's surname or authoring body or title of the information source, date and page number (from where you have obtained the quote or the idea if you can) in round brackets. For example (Smith 2016) or (Smith 2016, pg. 5). Notice there isn't a comma between the name and the date and if there is a page number, follow the date by a comma pg. number and close the round bracket followed by a full stop.

What is a reference list?

  • A reference list includes the quotes and indirect quotes you have used in your assignment and is created on a separate sheet and attached to your assignment.
  • Use the Online Referencing Generator to generate your references which are put into alphabetical order under the title Reference List.

Use the word document below In text reference table to organise and keep track of your in text references.

The included PDF What technological devices are used to detect volcanoes has several in-text reference examples and a Reference List to help you use and understand in-text referencing.

  • Intext references highlighted in yellow are indirect quotes (summary of the author's idea)
  • The intext reference highlighted in blue is a direct quote (the ... (three dots) are used if you do not want to include the entire sentence)
  • The intext reference highlighted in grey is a reference to a figure (diagram) (start from figure 1 and continue numerically)