Writing at tertiary level involves researching the ideas of other people, which you can combine with your own ideas and conclusions. Learning to acknowledge other people’s work through in-text citing and referencing will help differentiate between their ideas and your own.
This is central to the idea of academic honesty in academic institutions.
So why reference?
This Referencing guide provides assistance with using the APA style of referencing used by WITT and is based on the following publication:
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
Use the tabs above to see examples of APA references for different sources.
There are two components to referencing: in-text references that accompany other peoples quotes or ideas that you use in your work and the reference list at the end of your paper.
The in-text reference:
APA is an 'author/date' system, so your in-text reference for all formats (book, journal article, web document) consists of the author(s) surname and year of publication.
The basics of an in-text reference in APA:
If you quote directly from an author you need to include the page or paragraph number of the quote in your in-text reference. See the 'Quotes' section on the More Information page for further help.
The reference list:
All in-text references should be listed in the reference list at the end of your document. The purpose of the reference list entry is to contain all the information that a reader of your work needs to follow-up on your sources. An important principle in referencing is to be consistent.
When compiling your APA reference list, you should:
The basics of a reference list entry for a journal (print version) in APA:
The basics of a reference list entry for a book (print version) in APA: