Referencing questions?


To reference, or not to reference, – that is the question;
Whether ‘tis necessary to show your readers where you have been
Providing them with directions to your research,
Or leave them floundering in a sea of information[1]

Many students booking into our consultations are asking for referencing help. Common things we get asked include:

  • Which style do I use?
  • Why are there so many styles?
  • Why can’t we all use the same style?

These are good questions. At Griffith University referencing styles differ according to course and program. This is to ensure that referencing is consistent within each academic field. Professional bodies such as the American Psychological Association (APA) and Modern Language Association (MLA) manage many of these styles. Referencing enables you to present your writing, and its sources, in a manner that allows others to assess your work. Once you have learnt the mechanics of a style it will become easier to reference correctly.

In terms of referencing, make sure you always have these details: the who, the what, the where and the when. These are the elements that are common in all referencing styles. Once you have these elements, you can represent them according to APA 6th, AGPS Harvard or any other style you are being asked to use.

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[1] Based on Act III, Scene I, Shakespeare, W. (n.d.). The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Champaign, Ill: Project Gutenberg.