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Writing Guide: Referencing resources and exercises

This guide covers: understanding the essay question; searching databases and organising research; the writing process: critical thinking and note-taking; referencing and citing in text, and using academic language.



Go to our Referencing Styles Guide to see examples of difference references in different styles.

In-text citations

In-text citation styles differ depending on the style. Click the image below to go to an overview of the main types of in-text citations and how to cite them correctly.  Look for more specific information for your style on the Referencing Styles LibGuide.

Interactive Quiz

When to Reference Exercise

Accurate referencing enhances your credibility and authority as a writer. Referencing your sources acknowledges the work of the original authors; it helps others to locate the same sources for their own learning purposes; and it also helps you to assert your ‘own voice’ in assignments, as you can use sources to lend support to your own ideas or arguments.

So when do you and when don't you need to reference, do the exercise below to find out.  When you are done, check the answers here.

Using references

Talk to me!

This awesome little playlist from the Critical Thinker Academy will talk you through most of what you need to know.  If you don't want to read everything on this section of the guide, you can probably just watch this playlist and learn most of it this way.

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How to Write in APA Format

We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and acknowledge Traditional Owners of the lands where our staff and students, live, learn and work.Acknowledgement of Country