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Library Guides: Referencing

Why cite?

What should I cite?

Avoiding plagiarism

Citation styles

Related resources

Why cite?

Citing sources you used in your academic work is a very important part of your research writing process because it can:

  • Support your research and ideas
  • Acknowledge other researchers
  • Help you avoid plagiarism and offense
  • Help you to be a responsible scholar

What should I cite?

  • Information from publications, for instance, books (chapters), dissertations/theses, articles and web pages etc.
  • Figures, tables, words, ideas, definitions, cases, models, teaching resources and theories etc. that are not common knowledge
  • To be safe, when in doubt, cite your source.

Library Guides: Referencing

Avoiding plagiarism

Avoiding Plagiarism

From the University of Edinburgh

Citation styles

Generally, citations will be placed:

  • In your text with the sources you used: endnotes, footnotes and parenthetical citation.
  • At the end of your paper: a complete reference list/bibliography

Normally, citation information includes:

  • Author(s)
  • Year(s)/publication date(s)
  • Title(s) of the articles, journals, books and web pages etc.
  • Page(s)
  • Issue(s)
  • Publisher(s)

Related resources

☞ Library Stack

Cite them right (8th ed.)/ Richard Pears and Graham Shields
Library Guides: Referencing  

Call Number: 808.027/P361/8TH ED/2010
Location: Library Open Stacks 2F

☞ Online guides

[Flash] Citing and referencing: taking the frights out of your cites! A 5 min 46 sec video created by Cardiff University Information Services

  • APA

Quick guide 6th ed.from the University of Victoria

  • Harvard System of Referencing

Citation Guide from Harvard Business School (academic 2017-18 Year)
Quick Guide from the University of Edinburgh

  • Chicago

Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide

  • Turabian

Turabian Quick Guide

  • Chinese Referencing style: Rules for content, form and structure of bibliographic reference (2005) 

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Updated: 24/01/2018