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Reference and Guidance for Thesis Writing

WHAT IS REFERECING?
Referencing is a standardized method of formatting the information sources you have used in your assignments or written work.
PURPOSE
⇒ Acknowledge the source
⇒ Allows the reader to trace he source
PROCEDURE
⇒ As you work on your assignment, you will need to record and keep the details of each source as you use it (this includes details such as author, title, publication date, publisher, place of publication, journal title, volume, issue, page numbers, date viewed or accessed, URL, database, etc.).
In-text citations: Both the Harvard AGPS and APA referencing styles used at USQ are author-date styles. The in-text citations will consist mainly of the authors' surnames and the year (and page numbers if appropriate). If there is no discernable author, the title and date are used. Examples can be found in the guides on this site.
List of references: More comprehensive details for each source are put in the list of references at the end of the assignment. This allows the reader to trace and verify your sources. Examples showing the amount of detail required and how to format each source can be found in the guides on this site.
WHY SHOULD I USE REFERENCE?
⇒ Shows adherence to academic writing standards
⇒ Shows respect for and acknowledges the work of other scholars (thereby avoiding plagiarism)
⇒ Provides evidence that you have read and considered the relevant literature
⇒ Allows validation and confirmation of sources used in your work, and
⇒ Gives your work credibility.
NEED OF REFERENCING
⇒ Cite by quoting another person word for word (direct quotation). It doesn't matter whether it is a phrase, sentence or paragraph, you will need to provide a reference to the source
⇒ cite by paraphrasing or summarizing ideas or data obtained from another source
⇒ Use statistics in your work obtained from another source (e.g. population, results of surveys)
⇒ Use tables, figures, diagrams or images created by someone else
⇒ Use controversial facts, opinions, or dates from another source.
STANDARD REFERENCING STYLES
Harvard
Bennett, D.R., 2016. An empirical study of industrial consumer buying behavior: how airlines buy airplanes.
APA (American Psychological Association)
Bennett, D. R. (2016). An empirical study of industrial consumer buying behavior: how airlines buy airplanes.
MLA (Modern Language Association of America)
Bennett, D. R. "An empirical study of industrial consumer buying behavior: how airlines buy airplanes." (2016).
Vancouver
Bennett DR. An empirical study of industrial consumer buying behavior: how airlines buy airplanes.
Chicago
Bennett, D. R. "An empirical study of industrial consumer buying behavior: how airlines buy airplanes." (2016).
Oxford
Ratnagar, S., Trading Encounters: From the Euphrates to the Indus in the Bronze Age, New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2004.
IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
B. Klaus and P. Horn, Robot Vision. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1986.

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