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Referencing: Getting started

Before you start

Some details in the Library's referencing guides may differ from the assignment requirements for your unit. 

Please check your unit guidelines as you may be penalised for not conforming.

Queries regarding referencing should be addressed to your lecturer or tutor.



What is referencing?

Referencing is a standardised 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 Direct quotations, facts and figures, as well as ideas and theories, from both published and unpublished works, must be referenced.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 reference?

Referencing is necessary to avoid plagiarism, to verify quotations, and to enable readers to follow-up and read more fully the cited author's arguments.

Referencing styles

 The Library has created four guides for styles commonly used at Curtin:

The following links to guides for other styles of referencing. These guides are provided by external institutions.

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What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism occurs when you present the work of another person or people as your own, without proper reference to the source. This is a serious accusation in academia.