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APA Referencing: Welcome

Why is referencing important?

Referencing allows you to use the work of others to add weight and significance to your reports, essays, presentations without "stealing" their words and ideas.  

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  • Correct referencing helps you to avoid plagiarism. 

  • You give credit to the author and acknowledge his/her work. 

  • It enables readers to find and validate the information you have used. It also allows interested readers to find further information.

  • You demonstrate to your lecturer/reader that you have read widely and have researched different sources of information.

  • References may be used to support evidence and give strength to your arguments and proposals.

Who is the guide for?

This APA referencing guide is for students doing assignments at WA State Training Providers. When in doubt, students should check what is required with their lecturer/librarian.
 
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Learn how to correctly cite the sources of information you use when writing your assignments and papers.
Find information about:
1. Why you should reference.
2. When and where you should reference.
3. How to reference different formats of information using the APA style.
 

Avoiding Plagiarism

 

 

Copying the words and ideas of others without acknowledging correct ownership is called plagiarism. The solution is to learn to correctly reference words or ideas that you have copied within your report, essay or literature review.

Plagiarism may result in failure of a unit or entire course, fines, prevention from entry into professional associations and other disciplinary actions. Check with your institute on plagiarism and cheating.

 

To avoid plagiarism, take careful notes as you do your research/gather information to keep track of sources for referencing purposes.

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Resources on APA Referencing Style

Check to see if your library holds these essential titles.

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