Note: All example references on this page use Harvard Style. See section 6.3 Referencing Styles for details of APA and OSCOLA.
Parts of a reference
Whenever you use information you have heard or read in your work, you must include areferenceto
the original source. To create the reference follow these 3 steps:
1. Record the full reference details of the source including author, date and publication details as you read.
2. Include the brief details of the source in the body of your assignment together with your quotation or paraphrase from the source.
3. Bring together the reference details of all sources in a reference list or bibliography before you submit the assignment.
Example reference details
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Example of a reference in a student's work
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Example reference list
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What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is pretending that someone else's work or idea is your own. If you don't reference your sources properly, you are committing plagiarism. Plagiarism is a form of academic misconduct, which can have serious consequences for your degree.
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Review referencing essentials
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