Much research these days is done online. It is much easier to use our library’s online database to trawl through the endless resources available to you, than sit under a mountain of journals hoping that you will get lucky. Citing your references correctly is important, because as we all know, if it is incorrect or isn’t there marks will be deducted from the overall score and the possibility of being accused of plagiarism can occur. Plagiarism is something that will stay with you for your entire academic career – so be careful. This is where proofreading is essential, as we can show you where you need extra referencing and/or fix your reference list.
Citing a journal article from a database is different that citing a reference from a book, and is similar to referencing an online source:
Author, Initials. Year. Title of article. Full Title of Journal, [type of medium] Volume number (Issue/Part number), Page numbers if available. Available through: name of database [Accessed date].
Yarbrough, S., 1986. ‘Intrinsic Criticism and Deconstruction: Their Methods.’ South Central Review, [e-journal] 3(1), pp. 78-89. Available through JSTOR [Accessed 1 January 2012].
If you compare it to Harvard referencing a journal article it is not much different:
Author, Initials. Year. Title of article. Full Title of Journal, Volume number (Issue/Part number), Page numbers.
Boughton, J.M., 2002. ‘The Bretton Woods proposal: a brief look’. Political Science Quarterly, 42(6), p.564.
As you can see, the only differences are that it is located in an e-journal rather than in a physical copy of a journal, on a shelf in a library.
Many people think writing is the most important aspect of an essay. However it should be broken down into chunks. The first thing you do before you write is research and if you make sure you are organised from the start and write down your references in a notebook, to the exact specifications of your institution (Harvard, Chicago, or a specific amalgamation) you will find that creating a bibliography won’t be such a pain in the neck. As we have already established in previous articles there is nothing worse than having to go through your research notes to find that last reference… and you know if you can’t find it, your mark will suffer. A proofreading service will correct your reference list and give you helpful suggestions on how you can improve your mark.