Guidelines for references
References is a method used to demonstrate to your readers that you have conducted a thorough and appropriate literature search. Equally, referencing is an acknowledgement that you have used the ideas and written material belonging to other authors in your own work. Accurate referencing is a key component of good academic practice and enhances the presentation of your work: it shows that your writing is based on knowledge and informed by appropriate academic reading. If you do not acknowledge another person’s work or ideas, you could be accused of plagiarism.
Referencing is crucial to you to carry out a successful research, and crucial to your readers so they can see how you did your research. You will have to include every source that you used it for your research. Thus, you’ll have to make sure that you have mentioned every source that you based your research.
When you will start your research, you have to keep in mind to write every information you find. This will help you in referencing and to find that information again if you will ever need it. Accurate references also help the reader to find the source you’ve used. There are different style references that we will mention below, but all of the references are divided in two parts: in-text citations and the references list.
You will have to mention the author’s name if you are using their work into your research paper. In-text citations are references that have to be mentioned inside the text of the research paper. The accurate citing style vary, but in most citation, styles are included the following details:
- Author’s last name
- Date of publication
- Page number/s
There are different styles to cite your sources. These styles are being used based on the academic topic you are doing a research on. For example:
- APA (American Psychological Association) citation style is used in the field of psychology, education and science;
- MLA (Modern Language Association) citation style is used in the field of humanitarian sciences;
- Chicago citation style is used in the field of business, history and arts.
Other citation styles that are also used are:
If you are having trouble to cite your source using different citation styles or you’re looking for a better way to collect and organize your references, you can use one of these citing machines mentioned below:
These online tools can help you generate your sources in the desired citation style, but do not forget to double check.