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Science Education

This guide supports science education teaching for the entire curriculum from prep to Year 12 and science education research.

What are your referencing obligations?


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.

Support for APA 7th ed.

Note on support for APA 7th ed.
APA 7th ed. was released late in 2019 and we are currently updating our support resources. Re:cite will continue to conform to APA 6th ed. requirements for semester 1 2020. This is our suggested version of the style during this period, however, you should check with your lecturer/supervisor about their version preferences. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.) is available from the Library.


 Referencing checklist

Referencing is an essential part of your academic research-skillset. Building these skills early on is a lasting investment for a lifelong researcher.

Use the resources highlighted in this section to help improve your knowledge and understanding of referencing fairly quickly. 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 for more information.

3. Incorporating sources in your writing

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Need help with your referencing?


Use Re:Cite to check the finer details such as proper punctuation and stylistic requirements when using the American Psychological Association style for your referencing in written academic work.


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APA Style guides

These quickguides are available and offer concise summaries of the basics of APA 6th style.

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.