Referencing is a standardised way to give credit to the source of your ideas in your work. This is an essential part of academic integrity, and you will be required to reference in most of your assignments throughout your degree, including oral reports and presentations.
Here are some situations where you need to reference:
Referencing isn't just about giving credit though, it's also about backing up your opinions with solid evidence. If you can support your thoughts with credible scholarly sources, your own opinion gains more credibility too. So, it's a win-win!
Now, let's break down a reference into two parts:
NOTE: The specific format of your reference depends on the referencing style you're using and the type of source you're referencing. Please check your unit outline for instructions about what referencing style to use for your assignment.
For a brief (4-minute) introduction to referencing using APA style, view the video below:
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The following tutorial will help you learn to avoid plagiarism and incorporate sources into your writing appropriately.