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Information on standardised methods to give credit to the source of your ideas in your work.

Referencing Styles

There are several different styles of referencing available. Following are the most popular styles at Salesian College:


  • Harvard 
  • APA (American Psychological Association)

Harvard and APA Styles are also known as Author-date, parenthetical referencing which involves the use of a partial reference contained within parenthesis as in-text markers (such as the author and date). The complete reference is then included in a list on the last page of the document.




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What is referencing?

Referencing is a standardized method of acknowledging sources of information and ideas that you have used in your assignments, in a way that uniquely identifies their source. Direct quotations, facts and figures, as well as ideas and theories, from both published and unpublished works, must be referenced.

Why do I need to reference?

  • Referencing is necessary to support your arguments/ideas.
  • To verify quotations, to enable readers to follow-up and read more fully the cited author's arguments/ideas. 
  • If you have used anything in your work that was originally written or created by someone else, including graphs, statistics, images etc. you must reference it. 
  • Similarly, any ideas you have paraphrased or summarized must be referenced.
  • To avoid plagiarism.  Plagiarism is completely unacceptable. 

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