What is referencing?
Referencing is acknowledging someone else’s ideas and work.
When you use someone else’s ideas and work in your assignments, you must reference.
Why do you need to reference?
• To show you have read broadly
• To support your arguments
• To allow access to the information behind your arguments
• To avoid plagiarism
There are two main referencing styles you can use:
• Harvard (Author-date styles within the text of the document)
• Footnote/endnote styles (putting the author’s name and details on the footnote or end of the document)
At TOP, we use Harvard referencing.
Tools available to help you reference
There are a number of different online resources and tools to help you reference. We have listed some below:
• Harvard Referencing Guide
• Zotero, the free referencing software
• Evernote helps you take notes and organize content
• Australian Guide to Legal Citation
• Grammarly to detect grammar errors
If you require any assistance with referencing your work, don’t hesitate to ask either your lecturer or come and see our friendly library staff.