This guide provides information and answers some questions on the upcoming changes to the referencing system that is used by the majority of courses in UHI.
From August 1st 2023, the UHI Harvard referencing style and guide will be replaced by Harvard Cite Them Right (12th edition).
UHI Harvard has been in use since 2008. It is increasingly outdated and not suitable for the wide variety of content that is being referenced in modern teaching and research. Adopting a new standard will provide clarity on referencing modern sources and improve the support that is available to students and staff. Some benefits of Cite Them Right include:
Along with being a referencing style, Cite Them Right includes a support site that demonstrates how to construct references.
The library service is also working with vendors to ensure that Cite Them Right (12th edition) is available in supported referencing tools such as Refworks and Endnote. The Library Search platform currently exports references in the 10th edition but the vendor is working on introducing the latest version by summer 2023.
There are also plans to make the Cite them Right style available when using the referencing tools in Microsoft Word. For those with a Refworks account, installing the Refworks Citation Manager in Word will achieve a similar outcome.
Although Harvard Cite Them Right will be the main style that is recommended and supported by the university and library service, a number of courses use alternative styles. These include, but are not limited to:
Cite Them Right supports other non-Harvard styles and information will be available on the support site. Please check with your lecturer/tutor to ensure that you are using the correct style for your course.
Although UHI Harvard will no longer be updated or supported, it is at the tutors' discretion as to whether they accept submissions using UHI Harvard in the third and fourth year of courses and postgraduate courses or move immediately to Cite Them Right. Please check with them to ensure you are using the correct system. A link will be provided to the old UHI Harvard guide on the referencing pages for those who still require it. This link will be removed at the end of the 24/25 academic year.
From 25/26 all students will be using Cite Them Right with some small exceptions (see "What about other styles?" above)
In the coming weeks this Libguide will be updated with further information. If you are lecturer and directing users to the current referencing guide, please ensure that you use the following link in your learning materials as it will have all the required information about Cite Them Right on August 1st:
We appreciate this will be a significant change but remaining on the current system was not an option. Support will be provided to ensure that there minimal complications during the transition.
Please do not link to the UHI Harvard guide or put the guide in the VLE.
If you have any queries about this transition, please submit a question and someone from library team will get back to you soon.