APA Quick Guide To Referencing

Referencing allows you to identify the sources of ideas and information in your assessments.

Referencing means you to avoid plagiarism and are honest about where your information has come from. It helps you to separate your own ‘voice’ from that of authors of your sources, and it lets you show that your claims are supported by evidence and research.

You must give a reference whenever you draw on a source of information:

  • for a particular theory, argument or viewpoint
  • for specific information, such as statistics, examples or case studies
  • for information which you paraphrase or summarise
  • for direct quotations (reproducing someone’s exact words)