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How do I reference Software?

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Good question David!

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D Litting, 4 years ago

Good question David!

Our feelings on software are these:

Firstly - is the software relevant to your referencing? Or is the software a secondary detail to the place where the product of the software had ended up. Say you use Pixlr to create a piece of artwork and place it online at Flickr - for the purposes of finding that work Flickr is a better place to refer someone to the artwork if you just mean to indicate that it's been created. But if you are talking about the creation of the artwork as a technical issue and want to talk about how the file was created then the software become a relevant thing to reference.

Similarly if you adapt a loop on GarageBand into a work of your own you might want to reference that loop. So here is what you might do.

For situations where you are merely referencing the software you used to create something you can use a format much like a book.

In text

(Author year)

Reference List

Author year, Title of Software version x.y, computer program, publisher, place.

Sometimes there will be no author in which case you can subsitute the Title. Eg:

In text

(Title of Software version x.y year)

Reference List

Title of Software version x.y year, computer program, publisher, place.

For situations where you've adapted something from the default objects within a software (say a loop of music for example) you can use this convention.

In text
(Author year)

Reference List
Author year, 'Title of object (eg:loop)', created with Title of Software version x.y, computer program, publisher, place.

...and finally if the software you've adapted content from was downloaded from an online source then you'd add the viewed date and the url to the above reference list example.  

 

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