Referencing is a way of acknowledging the sources you have used to support your arguments in an essay or assignment. Importantly, referencing will avoid plagiarism!
Plagiarism is passing off someone else's work as your own, be it ideas, graphics or statistics, and is as serious an offence as cheating in an exam.
Harvard is used by many departments at Kangan Institute, but check with teacher to know which referencing style to use.
An important part of academic writing is the research process and finding evidence from information sources that support your arguments and contention of your assignment topic.
When you refer to this evidence in your assignment you must reference.
You can include the information in your assignment by using a direct quotes or by writing the information into your own words by paraphrasing or summarising.
When you take an exact phrase, sentence or sentences from a resource you must reference this information as a direct quote in your assignment.
You must include:
Short quotes are integrated into the sentence you are writing. Short quotes are 30 words or less for Harvard referencing.
When you add the direct quote to your writing you can either include the reference at the end of the quote as shown in Example 1 or at the beginning by mentioning the author in the writing and introducing the quote as shown in Example 2.
|Example 1||To gather information on your financial position 'make a list of things like your assets, debts, sources and regular income' (Brown & Koch 2004, p. 49)|
|Brown and Koch (2004, p. 49) suggest to 'make a list of things like your assets, debts, sources and regular income'.|
Long quotes are separated from the main text. You need to create a new paragragh and indent the writing from the main text and make the font 2 points smaller. Do not use quotation marks.
The Style Manual (Snooks 2002, p. 220) explains how to cite government publications,
Citation of government publications generally follows the…..
Paraphrasing, summarising and writing information in your own words
When you write your assignment you will support your arguments and assignment question with evidence found in your reading. You must reference where you get your information from even when you write this into your own words.
You must include:
When you paraphrase or summarise your writing you can either include the reference at the end of the piece of writing as shown in Example 1 or at the beginning by mentioning the author in the writing and introducing the evidence as shown in Example 2.
When attending an interview at a bank for a personal loan you must be well prepared (Brown & Koch 2004).
|Brown & Koch (2004) suggest that it is vital to be well-prepared when attending an interview for a personal loan at a bank.|