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International Relations: Referencing guides

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What is referencing?

When you write an assignment or essay, it is very important to acknowledge the source of anyone else's ideas that you have used or mentioned in your work.

You need to reference the direct quotations, facts and figures, as well as the ideas and theories that you use.

The reader is then able to find the original source of the information to check it or follow up a point. 

There are different 'styles' of referencing. Find style guides and examples for APA 6th ed, Chicago 16B Author-Date, Vancouver, and the Australian Guide to Legal Citation in our Referencing Guide

Referencing tip

When reading a source (book, book chapter, journal article, document on the web, etc.) always note down its bibliographic details at the time so you can use it later in your assignment. You will need the author, title, year, publication details and URL. It will save you time!

Referencing software

If you are writing a long paper or starting a major piece of research, you may want to use software that will let you create a database of your references and will automatically create bibliographies at the end of your document.

EndNote is an example of this type of software.

To find out more about EndNote and to download the software, see our Endnote LibGuide.

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