From before I have been doing a lot of referencing when I write chronicles or investigative articles. But due to the nature of those types of articles, you are somewhat limited to the use of referencing. As often, when using referencing you would only use the name of the person in the context where you are trying to make a point out of what that person has said or written. In many online cases, you are able to link directly to the text that you are referring to. It is somewhat possible in magazines, since it is allowed more space for that there.

For me personally, the lectures and referencing tutorials that we have been through at Noroff has been very rewarding. My previous idea of using referencing was built on the idea that referencing was only there to enhance the foundation and credibility of an article trying to make political or scientific points. If it is referenced with good sources – it is more credible.

But using referencing to avoid plagiarism is new to me. Actually, the studies in the PBL-course have given me a new perspective on what plagiarism really is! Kind of scary, considering that you can actually plagiarise without even knowing. And here I was, thinking that plagiarism was only deliberate – like the case of the one journalist in DN this summer.

Although I am now not any kind of expert on how all referencing is done – now I do know how to spot the most obvious differences and how to avoid it. For example always using the Harvard Referencing Guide (Pears, R. and Shields, G. (2010).

We were also given a task to research and evaluate 3-5 different referencing tools. I found several, like Bookends and others, but the free and very professional and scalable version from Mendeley seemed like the far better choice. Mendeley also has a lot of very good tutorials online in case you need to quickly get the full benefit of the features.


Pears, R. and Shields, G. (2010) Cite them right: the essential referencing guide. 8th edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan