Developing Referencing Skills

To avoid plagiarism, it is important that you reference correctly and consistently. Referencing is a learned skill and, like most skills, you will need to practice.

Practice by recording references as you read, take your notes and write the drafts of your assignments. This will help you when you need to reference your final document.

Research and reference process

A typical research and reference process involves:

  1. Locating an information resource
  2. Reading the information
  3. Summarising and/or paraphrasing information or determining a direct quote
  4. Recording details about the source, eg author, date, title, who published it and where it was published
  5. Including the necessary referencing details when you refer to the information in your work using the appropriate style
  6. Recording the full details of the resource in your reference list using the appropriate style.

Getting help with referencing

Although the Library publishes the referencing guides, Library staff are unable to assist individual students to interpret the styles and methods required for their courses. If you require assistance, ask your lecturer or tutor for either individual assistance or ask them to arrange an information literacy class with the Faculty Librarian.