Check with your teacher to confirm which style is used in your course.
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Referencing gives credit to sources / the work of others used in your assignment. It is essential for maintaining academic integrity, avoiding plagiarism and demonstrates your research.
What is referenced?
✓ Ideas and theories
✓ Facts and figures
✓ Images, video and sound
What isn't referenced?
✗ Common knowledge (e.g. grass is green)
✗ Conclusion of your assignment
There are two parts to referencing:
In-text citations are used when you refer to a source in the body of the assignment.
A reference list is placed at the end of the assignment after the conclusion. It includes all the sources that have been cited.
Quotes are copied from the original source, with the exact same wording, punctuation and spelling.
Paraphrasing is when you use your own words to express someone else's idea, or to summarise their research.
They include at minimum: author's name(s), and year of publication.
When quoting, page numbers must be included where available. When paraphrasing, you do not need to include the page number; however it is encouraged.
Citations can be placed at the start or end of a sentence.
The following is an example of citing using APA 6th referencing style:
Reference list includes resources that you have cited in the assignment.
Bibliography contains resources that you have read, both cited and not cited, in your assignment.
Check with your teacher to confirm which of the two is required for your assignment.