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I am writing a report in which I will need to reference an organisation many times using Harvard UTS referencing. The organisation's official name (and how they refer to themselves in any official documents they produce) is Parks and Wildlife Commission of the NT (PWCNT). But I will also be referencing many of their Facebook posts, and their Facebook page title is 'Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife'. Is it acceptable to do this in my reference list?

Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife 2017, ‘A 2 metre saltwater crocodile has been spotted at Cullen Bay Beach […]’, Facebook post, 18 July, viewed 6 May 2018, <https://www.facebook.com/ParksandWildlifeNT/posts/1491789077548017>.

Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife 2018a, ‘Ranger Louise shares this video of Berry Springs today after significant rainfall […]’, Facebook post, 30 January, viewed 6 May 2018, <https://www.facebook.com/ParksandWildlifeNT/videos/1678267242233532>.

Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife 2018b, ‘These waves might look tempting, but crocodile danger is real – don’t risk your life […]’, Facebook post, 29 January, viewed 6 May 2018, <https://www.facebook.com/ParksandWildlifeNT/posts/1675327322527524>.

Parks and Wildlife Commission Northern Territory 2016, Saltwater crocodiles, Northern Territory Government, Darwin and Katherine, NT, viewed 6 May 2018, <https://becrocwise.nt.gov.au/about-crocodiles/saltwater-crocodiles>.

PWCNT – see Parks and Wildlife Commission NT, and Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife.

Or would I have to do this?

Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife 2017, ‘A 2 metre saltwater crocodile has been spotted at Cullen Bay Beach […]’, Facebook post, 18 July, viewed 6 May 2018, <https://www.facebook.com/ParksandWildlifeNT/posts/1491789077548017>.

Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife 2018a, ‘Ranger Louise shares this video of Berry Springs today after significant rainfall […]’, Facebook post, 30 January, viewed 6 May 2018, <https://www.facebook.com/ParksandWildlifeNT/videos/1678267242233532>.

Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife 2018b, ‘These waves might look tempting, but crocodile danger is real – don’t risk your life […]’, Facebook post, 29 January, viewed 6 May 2018, <https://www.facebook.com/ParksandWildlifeNT/posts/1675327322527524>.

NTPW – see Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife

Parks and Wildlife Commission Northern Territory 2016, Saltwater crocodiles, Northern Territory Government, Darwin and Katherine, NT, viewed 6 May 2018, <https://becrocwise.nt.gov.au/about-crocodiles/saltwater-crocodiles>.

PWCNT – see Parks and Wildlife Commission NT

 

I would like to avoid referring to the organisation using two different acronyms if possible because it could get confusing.

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Hi Brooke

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Patrick, 2 months ago

Hi Brooke

I think unfortunately that you'll need to use the two different names. We can only go by the named author of material, and shouldn't make assumptions about whether two similar names are the same organisation. While you are probably correct, it is possible that there was a name change due to change of government or restructure, or perhaps the social media section has a different official name. I know this is annoying but it is important to be as accurate as possible. So I think you'll need to use your second format.

Cheers

Patrick

Hi Patrick,

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Brooke, 2 months ago

Hi Patrick,

They are definitely the same organisation - I used to work for them, managing their Facebook page :) They can't change their name because Facebook restrict the ability to change page names for a page of that size.

But I see your point about accuracy. I guess using two acronyms could help me differentiate between their Facebook content and other material they've produced too.

Hi Brooke

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Patrick, 2 months ago

Hi Brooke

so you are an insider! Nevertheless I think my advice still stands. Another reason is for in-text citing: the acronym is used in your in-text citations, and it would seem odd to use one acronym for both. It would be confusing too, for example to be citing (PWCNT 2018b) in your text and having that refer to Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife in the reference list.

Cheers and good luck!

Patrick

Thanks Jackie, I did read

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Brooke, 2 months ago

Thanks Jackie, I did read that part of the referencing guide. The problem I have is I need to reference Facebook posts from this organisation, but its Facebook page title doesn't match the organisation's official title. Should I use two different acronyms for the same organisation in my referencing, or is there a way to use one?

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