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Referencing is a requirement in all your academic work. It is a formal way to let your readers know exactly where you found your information and acknowledges other authors’ words and ideas that you have used in your own work.
Referencing helps you to distinguish your ideas from others and provides evidence to support your ideas, as well as allowing your reader to check the reliability of your sources.
Failure to reference your work is taken seriously and noted as being dishonest and stealing. Otherwise known as plagiarism, not citing your work correctly can result in a fail or being expelled from university. Plagiarism is a serious offence and is considered academic misconduct.
ECU mainly uses the American Psychological Association (APA) style of referencing. The APA style has strict rules which you must follow exactly.
The ECU Referencing Guide has simple instructions on how to use this style. Refer to the APA style guide to electronic references for further information and additional examples for referencing electronic sources.
The Library also has print copies of the complete APA style manual, Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).
For tutorials and assistance with referencing please refer to the Library Guide to Referencing.