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Curtin College, UniReady and Alumni: Academic and referencing skills

Curtin College, UniReady & Alumni

Academic writing and study skills

The Library's UniSkills site is one-stop, interactive platform for help with assignment, study, digital and numeracy skills.

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.


Referencing is an important part of your academic work. Good referencing:

  • Demonstrates the depth and quality of your research
  • Provides evidence to support the arguments that you are making in your assignment
  • Assists the reader to locate the sources that you have referred to
  • Acknowledges the work of other researchers and helps to avoid plagiarism.



The Citing in your writing guide helps you in understanding academic integrity, note-making, quoting, paraphrasing, summarising and synthesising references into your work.


Referencing guides

The Library provides referencing guides for styles commonly used at Curtin. Check your unit outline for information about which style to use.