Introduction to referencing

Introduction to referencing

Learning at university may be different to learning at school or college. Lecturers will not usually supply you with all the reading you need to complete your assignments. They expect you to research and read independently. You may read books, online journal articles or research on the web. This is called wide reading. When you write academic assignments, you must demonstrate your wide reading by citing ideas or concepts from this wide reading. Citations are academics’ way of showing that they are using someone else’s ideas, concepts, theories or actual words. Plagiarism is the presentation of the ideas and words of another writer, artist, film maker etcetera as you own without any form of acknowledgement. Plagiarism can easily be avoided if you document the relevant sources which you have used.

If you would still like further information, please contact staff from the Academic Language and Learning Success Program (ALLSP), also known as A L L S P or allsp, who run free workshops for internal and external students on Harvard and APA styles.

Phone: 08 8946 7459

In this section you will find information about:

Academic integrity and plagiarism

Learn how to demonstrate academic integrity and to use academic resources in an ethical manner.

Why reference?

Learn why referencing is so important.

Referencing styles

See the most commonly used referencing styles at CDU.

Cultural differences

Learn about cultural differences in academic practice to avoid unwittingly committing plagiarism.


Useful links to help you incorporate your research into your writing:


Quoting, paraphrasing and summarising
Learn how to include the ideas of an expert in your text.

Reference list
Learn how to include a list of all publications referred to in your assignment.


For further information contact ALLSP on (08) 89467459
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