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Referencing & Citation


WHY REFERENCING?


  • Supports your own views or arguments.

  • Demonstrates your hard work and reading.

  • Demonstrates your understanding of the subject.

  • Acknowledges use of someone else's ideas - Good academic practice, courteous.

  • Allow someone else to find the items.

  • Avoid accusations of plagiarism.

  • Remember to reference only high quality resources.



Referencing also known as;


  • Citation - a reference taken from the source of information. Can be a direct quotation, summary or rewording of statement.

  • Reference List - a detailed list of sources that are cited. List placed at the end of a report.

  • Bibliography - a detailed list of sources that are cited, together with readings or other materials related which are not cited. List placed at the end of a report.

Referencing & Citation style - set of rules on how to cite sources in academic writing. The most commonly used are: