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Cohort - Research Skills: Referencing



Academic Writing Guides

When referencing you always refer to the Guide relevant to your course.


Referencing Tools

Referencing Software

Using software to keep track of your referencing can help you save time.  There are several free tools online, such as Mendeley and Zotero.

If you'd like some training in any of these, talk to library staff and take a look at the library workshop schedule.

These tools can make things easier, but they're not foolproof - you should do a final check on formatting against the relevant Academic Writing Guides

Referencing apps

Referencing Apps


Why Reference?

Referencing is the acknowledgement of the source of the information that you have use in your work. You must reference all sources of the information that you use in your assignments.


  • Shows what you have read - Demonstrating the depth and the breadth of your research.  

  • Supports and strengthens your argument - Indicating the location of the evidence you refer to.

  • Demonstrates academic integrity - Acknowledging your sources to avoid plagiarism.

Read a chapter on what is referencing and why do we need it

Academic Skills

For more training on this topic visit

Academic Skills

All campuses have Academic Skills Facilitators who hold regular training sessions on essay writing skills. You can make an appointment with your Academic Skills Facilitator here.