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1. Referencing basics
When researching for an assignment you use information from a number of sources :
Different information sources (such as books, journal articles and web pages) require slightly different information to be referenced (also refered to as cited).
You giv e credit to the original authors you've used b y providing your sources .
View the pdf below for referencing basics
2. Why do we reference?
By referencing your sources you:
avoid plagiarism by giving credit to the original source.
support your work with the authoritative work of another author.
demonstrate knowledge and familiarity with the topic researched.
help readers of your work to find the original source of information or ideas that you used.
3. Four main elements of a reference
4. How are citations and references different?
You may hear both terms used and they may seem to be interchangeable. The differences are as follows:
appear at the end of your essay
give credit to your sources
provide a way for your reader to retrieve the original sources that you used
appear in the body of your paper
point your reader to your references.
can also be called in-text citations.
5. What do we reference?
We reference any quoted te xt
Use quotation marks when directly using someone else’s words.
When paraphrasing a source or using someone else's idea in your writing, an in-text citation is required.
The in-text citation serves two purposes:
It provides your reader with the source's name of the cited information that they may be interested in.
Your readers know where they are to look in your reference list based upon the author's name.
6. What do we include in a reference?
Referencing basics: How do you do it? from the University of Ballarat highlights common elements found in all referencing styles.