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TAFE Students and Staff Ourimbah Library Guide: Referencing

A guide to Ourimbah Library for Ourimbah TAFE Students and Staff

What is Referencing?

Referencing (or citing) is a formal way of acknowledging the sources of information, ideas, theories, statistics, images, musical phrases, diagrams, etc., you have used in your essay or assignment.

A correct reference (or citation) gives all the details used to identify where you found the information you used in your assignment, so that the source can be verified.

For example, for a book the citation would include the author(s) name, year of publication, book title, edition (if relevant), publisher and place of publication.

Sanders, J. & Grainger, R. 2003,Youth justice: Your guide to cops and courts in NSW, 3rd edn, Federation Press, Annandale, NSW.


By referencing your sources correctly you are practising Academic Integrity.

There are many different referencing styles which can be used to reference (or cite). Ask your teacher which style you should use.

TAFE Referencing Guides