Referencing acknowledges the sources of information you've used in your work. There are two parts to referencing:
In short, referencing shows that you are neither making up facts nor presenting other people's ideas as your own. Good referencing will:
The main style of referencing you'll use is American Psychological Association (APA) 6th Edition.
How you write and format your references varies depending on:
By presenting your references in a predictable and consistent style you make it easier for your reader (ie. the marker) to follow your work. You risk losing marks on your assessment if your referencing is not up to standard.
We've prepared an Academic Writing Guide to using APA Referencing, based on the APA Manual (6th ed.).
We recommend Mendeley as one option for free citation software that can assist you to easily manage references and insert citations into your assignment.
You can save time by using software to manage your references, such as:
To learn more about using these tools complete the online tutorial, or attend a workshop at your campus library or online. Remember! these tools are not foolproof – you should do a final check on formatting against the Academic Writing Guide.