Referencing is a key academic skill. In your uni assignments you will be asked to draw together ideas from a range of sources in support of your own thinking. It is essential to correctly cite those sources, both in the body of your work and in the reference list at the end

Sourced information can be presented in a number of ways.

  • directly quoting your source, word-for-word
  • paraphrasing, which is translating another person's ideas into your own words and in reduced form
  • summarising your source
  • reproducing or amending a diagram, image, formula, computer code or an artwork from your source.

Each source you quote, paraphrase, summarise, reproduce or amend content from, must be identified through referencing. If you don’t, you will leave yourself open to charges of plagiarism.

You should adopt and be familiar with UniSA's Harvard referencing style, which is the primary style in use at the University.

Remember, when referencing it is important to be thorough and pay attention to every little detail.


The Harvard style

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Roadmap to Referencing

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