Referencing Guide

Check out our Library Guide on Reference and Citation, by clicking here 

Referencing is a way of acknowledging every source used in research or in the completion of an assignment. The details you provide for a source are normally its author, title, date and place of publication, and the name of its publisher. You may have to provide additional details, depending on what form the source takes, such as a volume number or a web link. These individual references are then collected into what’s called a bibliography.

Citing is a way of briefly referencing a source within the text of your assignment, linking it to the more detailed reference in the bibliography. This is usually done when you paraphrase someone else’s ideas or directly quote them. Information, facts, and dates that are considered common knowledge are not required to be referenced e.g. Dublin is the capital city of Ireland.

A guide on Harvard style is available here  This guide presents examples of how to reference textual sources.  However if you use material from non-textual sources such as podcasts or documentaries you must also cite the source in full. A list of various source types, formatted in the Harvard style, is available here

A sample bibliography in the Harvard style is available here


Referencing & Citations for First Year Students from National College of Art & Design


There are many formatting styles out there for references and citations, but the one NCAD uses is the Harvard style. This style is often referred to as the ‘author-date’ style.  Please refer to the guide below for the specific version used within NCAD. All students within NCAD are required to use the Harvard referencing format in their assignments. 




Online Journal Article in Database Journal article with one author: 


Princenthal, N. (2011) ‘Wake-up call’, Art in America, 99(9), pp. 124-131. Art Source [online]. Available at: 14c3d0b66b16%40sessionmgr4004&vid=0&hid=4107 (Accessed: 29 October 2015).




Difference between Quoting and Paraphrasing

Quoting involves copying material word for word, using quotation marks:

“It takes a great deal of time and thought to install work carefully. This should not always be thrown away. Most art is fragile and some should be placed and never moved again” (Judd, 1987, p. 35).

Paraphrasing means putting information from sources in your own words. No quotation marks are used. You still need to add a citation in brackets afterwards:

He placed a great importance on the curation of work, remarking that this process should take a large amount of time and thought to be done correctly (Judd, 1987, p. 35).


For more information and examples, refer to Pears, R. and Shields, G. (2013) Cite them right: the essential referencing guide.