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Drop-In Library Support Sessions: Week 4

Resources on search strategies, doing a literature review, getting the most out Google Scholar and APA 7 Referencing from library support drop-in sessions in November 2020.

Week 4: APA 7 Referencing

Week 4 is the last week and is all about APA Referencing. This lesson covers the top 10 most asked questions about APA 7 Referencing. For a full library guide on APA Referencing, click here!

What is referencing?

When you are writing an essay or report, you will support your answer or back up your argument by discussing published work. These published works could be books, textbooks, articles, online sources, videos, newspaper articles among others. Referencing is the system by which you keep track of and give credit to the sources you have mentioned in your essay. Referencing is a requirement in academic writing, and you will be asked to present a list of all the works and authors cited in your essay. You may have seen references in your textbooks, articles you have read or on your
reading list.

When you are referencing in your essay, every reference has two parts. They are:
1. An in-text citation in the body of your essay
2. A reference in a list at the end of your essay

Why do I need to reference?

There are three main reasons to reference:

  1. To avoid plagiarism; referencing correctly means you are acknowledging the source of your work and another author’s idea. We will discuss plagiarism in more depth a little later.
  2. So your reader can consult the work you have referenced. If you are not specific about which article you a referencing by a specific author, then whoever is reading your essay can go and check that article.
  3. To show the scope of your research.

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