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Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology

A Lib guide for: Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology

What is Referencing?

Referencing correctly is important to demonstrate how widely you have researched your subject and shows your understanding of the topic by incorporating other people's arguments and evidence alongside your own analysis. Good note taking habits can assist you in differentiating between references from other sources and your own ideas.

Why should I reference?

  • Help your readers to find the original sources of the ideas/facts you have referred to or based your arguments on
  • Make it clear which ideas are your own and which are someone else's
  • Protect the writer's intellectual property
  • Avoid plagiarism

Reference Styles

  • Harvard. The most commonly used style of referencing worldwide. It is also known as the author-date style as each reference cited is characterised by the author's name and the publication date.
  • APA. The APA style of referencing has been developed by the American Psychological Association and is most often used in social sciences.

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