Citing and referencing

New students can sometimes become very anxious about citing and referencing, what it all means and how to get help. The Library has a number of resources and people to help you, so don’t worry and start reading!...... By Cassandra Freeman

Following the right path

It’s never ok to try and pass someone else’s work off as your own, like copying and pasting text from a random page on the internet into your essay and claiming you wrote it. This will be viewed as plagiarism. Your unit guide will state you need to cite and reference all of the ideas and theories you have used to write your assignment tasks.

Academic Integrity

Monash University has very strict guidelines and policies about the expectations they place on their students and staff when it comes to acknowledging the work of others in your written research. So make sure you spend some time working through the Monash Academic Integrity online modules to ensure you understand.

How do I know if I am doing it the right way? 

Most new students to university have had some experience of having to create a reference list at the end of an essay or report but are not familiar with the extensive rules required when citing and referencing. The further you go in your studies the better you will become at academic writing and being able to incorporate thoughts and ideas of other academic writers with your own ideas and arguments.

  • Each time you refer to a theory you have read about or mention a study that perhaps supports your idea or argument, you must include abbreviated information about who wrote it and where and when. This is called a citation. 
  • A full reference list or bibliography is included at the end which gives the complete details of the author and title of the work and year. 
  • Citing and referencing can show how widely you have read and researched your topic and enables anyone reading your paper to find the actual authors and studies you have cited.
Feeling confused and mystified about what it all means? Then you should definitely complete the Library Demystifying Citing and Referencing online tutorial.

Your unit guide will also state you will need to follow a particular style of citing and referencing.

What’s your style?

So you go to get citing and referencing help from a Librarian or Learning Skills adviser at the Research and Learning point at your campus library and they ask you, “So what is your style?” You think street style maybe? Skater? Prepster?

More like Chicago, APA, or Harvard. Depending on the faculty you are studying in, you will be required to follow the rules of a certain style when citing and referencing. The Monash Citing and Referencing Library Guide will help you to find your faculty style and examples of how citations and reference lists should look.

 So remember to always follow the right path and you will never lose your way!

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