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CMHL1000: Writing and referencing

Foundations for Professional Health Practice

Academic writing skills



The UniSkills platform is designed to help improve your academic assignment, study, numeracy and digital skills. Each module has a sequence of interactive lessons and exercises that can be done in any order that suits you.



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 sources. Direct quotations, facts and figures, as well as ideas and theories, from both published and unpublished works, must be referenced.


Why reference?


  • Acknowledges the works of other researchers and helps avoid plagiarism
  • Gives sources for ideas for a paper i.e. you can build on the works of others
  • Provides evidence to support the arguments that you are making in your assignment
  • Shows the credibility of your sources and strengthens your arguments
  • Allows other readers to be able to look at the exact copy you have used

APA 7th referencing guide


For this unit you will need to reference your sources using Curtin's APA 7th referencing guide. The guide contains examples of in-text citations and reference list entries. You can print a copy of the guide or use the web guide. Check the Sample Reference List to view what your reference list should look like.




Assignment formatting


Please check your unit outline/Blackboard site for assignment formatting requirements (such as fonts, headers, spacing, word counts etc.) and assignment cover sheets.