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Education Collections and Services

This guide will introduce you to the services, facilities and resources available to students and academic staff.

What are your referencing obligations?


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If you draw upon other people's work in your writing and research and do not acknowledge those sources, you can be accused of plagiarism.

  • Citations allow your readers to follow up sources you have referred to, so citing is in the interests of scholarly investigation and the sharing of ideas.

  • Acknowledgement of another's work through accurate citations is not only good academic practice but also a legal requirement. Plagiarism can be deliberate or accidental: both forms are unacceptable.

Need help with your referencing?

 

Use the Re:Cite to guide your referencing in you academic work.

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 Referencing checklist


Use the resources highlighted in this section to help improve your knowledge and understanding of referencing and academic writing. Buttons link out to resources outside this guide.

1. Understand the referencing requirements


These resources provide an overview

2. Use an APA style guide


You will need to refer to an APA style guide
  • A style guide is an essential reference for the requirements of APA, they address the ordering and formatting of the reference list and creating in-text citations.
Be aware that citations created using automated generator tools won't be 100% correct.
  • Before you submit an assessment task, we highly recommend you cross-check your references against the sample citations provided in an APA 6th ed. style guide and correct any errors.
     
    • You should cross check the capitalization, punctuation and manually add missing elements
    • Note: APA 6th style, requires you to include a DOI (digital object identifier) for electronic journal articles citations, if the article has one. The DOI usually appears at the top of the article or in the database record for the article and came into use from the year 2000. See http://library.unimelb.edu.au/recite/apa/journal for more information.

3. Incorporating sources in your writing


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Support for APA 7th ed.


 

APA 7th ed. was released in late 2019 and APA 6th ed. and APA 7th ed. are now supported in Re:cite 

APA 6th ed. is the preferred style for MGSE graduate coursework programs for semester 2 2020, however you may want to check with your lecturer/supervisor about their version preferences.

Reference management software guides


The Options for managing references guide is helpful starting point, for investigating the benefits of using reference management programs and the best tool to support your individual needs.

 

APA Style guides


Further guides for APA style.