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The practise makes perfect series: APA referencing tips

Referencing is an important part of university life. It is a skill that you will use for almost every assignment, and is often worth a significant percentage of your marks. Learn how to master the art of referencing in the APA/Harvard style so you can achieve great results in the referencing criteria in your assignment.

For more information about using APA/Harvard or other styles of referencing, check out the Finding Information Tutorials on the [Library website] [library.usq.edu.au] or chat to a Librarian on-campus or online. To protect you from making common referencing mistakes, we've put together this list of 6 things to avoid [https://social.usq.edu.au/study-tips/2016/11/mistakes-to-avoid-when-referencing].

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The practise makes perfect series: APA referencing tips

  1. 1. social.usq.edu.au CRICOS: QLD00244B NSW02225M TEQSA: PRV12081 14.6.V 07.2017 Graphics © Shutterstock  Photos © USQ Online Marketing Step 3: Check Check the APA referencing guide on the Library website for more information on these exceptions and how to reference other sources, such as newspaper articles, images, blogs, data sets, videos and more. If you want to learn more about using APA or other styles of referencing, check out the Finding Information Tutorials on the Library website or chat to a Librarian on-campus or online. At university, you will be required to reference almost every source that you use. While referencing can be tedious, it is an important skill to practise so you can achieve great results by meeting the referencing criteria of your assignment. The following tips will help you master the art of referencing books, journal articles and websites using the APA style. Practise makes perfect! Step 1: Collect Firstly, collect all of the information you need to complete your references. It is easier to do this as you research to avoid leaving it until the last minute, which can mean you miss important details. Books (online and print) »» Author »» Year of publication »» Title of work »» Publisher »» Place of publication »» DOI Journal articles (online and print) »» Author »» Year of publication »» Article title »» Journal title »» Volume number »» Issue number »» Page numbers »» DOI Websites »» Author »» Year of publication or most recent update »» Title of work »» Month and day that you viewed the website »» Website URL Step 2: Order and format The next step is to order your information. Remember to double check that you have included punctuation in the correct places and spelled everything right, as well as whether you formatted your references using capital letters, italics and indentation in the appropriate places. Practise makes perfect! Books (online and print) Author, A. A. (year). Title of work. DOI. For print books, you’ll also need to collect information on the publisher and place of publication A DOI is a Digital Object Identifier. It is a unique name that provides a link to its location on the Internet. You need to collect and use the DOI for online books only. Journal articles (online and print) Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (year). Article title. Journal Title, volume number (issue number), page numbers. DOI. Websites Author, A. A. (year). Title of work. Retrieved month day, year, from source URL. However, there are many exceptions to these rules. For example: »» if you have more than a certain amount of authors or no author »» if you accessed a book of limited circulation »» if you’re using an encyclopaedia »» if you’re using a review, peer commentary or abstract and many more. A DOI is a Digital Object Identifier. It is a unique name that provides a link to its location on the Internet. The DOI is needed for online books only. For print books, you need the publisher and place of publication. PRACTISE MAKES PERFECT SERIES Quick Tips: APA referencing Tips for books, journal articles and websites Make sure you italicise the title of your work Note you need to include author initials Take note of where the full stops are required

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