How to reference

You will be referencing many different types of sources for your assignments. You need to be able to identify these sources and reference them appropriately according to the referencing style for your school, faculty or discipline.

What to reference

You will be using lots of different information sources for your assignments.

Common information sources include:

  • Books
  • Journal articles
  • Websites
  • Reports

It is important to identify what type of information source you are using so you can reference it accurately. It is important to learn what to reference.

Quick©ite  can help you to correctly reference using common referencing styles found at the University of Auckland.

Make sure you record everything

As you are gathering your information sources remember to note down the necessary components you need to reference a particular source as you go. There is nothing worse than starting your referencing and realising you have forgotten to record important information like the title, page numbers, or url.

Important information you will need for your references includes:

  • Authors
  • Titles (of books, articles, journals, or chapters)
  • Dates of publication

If you discover you have forgotten to record something here are some hints:

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