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How do I reference my assignments correctly?

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Students are required to both cite and reference their assessments.

Referencing style guides

Referencing tools

Use these referencing tools to manage bibliographies and references when writing assessments. Mendeley and Zotero and online programmes, Endnote is software based and available from the Library. Help using these resources can be found here.

Why cite and reference?

Students are required to acknowledge the sources used in their writing/assessments/projects. You must acknowledge what you have used in your writing in order to avoid plagiarism. We cite and reference our writing so that:

  • Readers of your writing can find the original sources you used
  • The authors of the original sources you used are given credit for their work
  • Your own research and ideas are clearly evident and you are given credit for your work
  • Your work has credibility within the realm of scholarly knowledge

There are two parts to acknowledging another author's work within your own:

  1. You use an in text citation in the main body of your work that has some brief information about the source.
  2. You provide the complete information about the source at the end of your work in the form of a list of references or bibliography.

The referencing style you use determines how these elements are organized in your work. Your programme will require you use a specific referencing style. Your department may provide you with a referencing handbook you can use as a guide. Guides to the most common citation styles used at Unitec are listed above.  The Library also has a number of style guides available on the shelves.