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APA Referencing 7th ed.: Guide

APA Referencing Guide

A new edition of the APA Publication Manual is here!

The American Psychological Association (APA) published a new version of its Publication Manual in October 2019. This means there will be some changes to the way APA referencing is done. Don't worry! For the most part referencing has been made simpler, and  Te Whare Mātauranga / Learning Resource Centre is here to help you get your head around the changes.

We have completed updating this guide to APA 7th ed. If you wish to see a list of what some of the changes are, please see

https://www.cite.auckland.ac.nz/2/files/apa_6th_vs_apa_7th_key_changes.pdf for a summary of some of these changes.

Why reference?

When writing an assignment, you will use various sources to find information. You must acknowledge the ideas taken from any resources you use.

There are several reasons why you should acknowledge your sources:

  • to avoid plagiarism (sometimes referred to as cheating or stealing). Failure to properly acknowledge when you have used the work of others means you are implying that the idea or words are yours. Plagiarising has consequences is likely to affect your academic progress.  
  • to show you have read widely to gain an understanding of the topic
  • to support your arguments with evidence
  • so that your tutor can locate the sources referred to
  • you almost always get marks for accurate referencing

See the Info guide on Academic Integrity for more information.

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