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Referencing & Citation Management: About referencing

A guide to referencing, referencing styles and citation management tools for UON students and researchers
What is referencing? Why reference?

Referencing, also called citing, is a formal way to acknowledge the sources you have used for your research assignment. 

Referencing is an essential part of university writing and academic integrity. Using other's work, data, or ideas without due referencing will put you at risk of a serious academic misconduct---plagiarism.

Learn more about Academic Integrity and Plagiarism at:

Good referencing enables you to

  • demonstrate your research and support your argument
  • credit the authors for their contribution and research impact
  • provide further resources for your readers
  • practice with academic integrity to avoid plagiarism

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How to reference? Need more info?

To reference properly, you must follow the referencing styles required by your discipline or course coordinators, and include all the elements of a reference required for each source.

The citation management tools can help if you have a large number of references to manage, or with a tight deadline. 

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Related helpful resources:

UON Library guide to referencing

A text-matching system which checks for plagiarism at UON.

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