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Referencing & Citation
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What is Referencing?
Referencing refers the academic practice of acknowledging all the information sources (books, journal articles, images, data, webpages, etc.) that you have included in your scholarly or academic writing. By providing accurate referencing, you give credit and at the same time allow your reader to locate the original source. Additionally, it can help you to avoid unintentional plagiarism.
In-text Citations & Reference List
All proper referencing includes two parts: in-text citations and a detailed reference list. An in-text citation is used within the text of your writing to acknowledge the sources of your information. It gives brief details of the source you are using or referring to, such as the author’s surname and year of publication, while the full details of the source are listed alphabetically by authors’ surname at the end of your paper in the reference list.
Note: There are different citation styles for citing sources, and each has its own rules. APA style may be one of the most common citation styles used at TWC. However, different schools, programmes or lecturers may have their own requirements. If you are unsure which referencing style you are required to use, please consult your course coordinator.
Quick start
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Manuals / Handbooks
Featured Printed Publication Manual
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A pocket style manual
Concise guide of APA style
MLA handbook for writers of research papers
Publication manual of the American Psychological Association : the official guide to APA style
Featured Printed Books
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APA : the easy way!
Avoiding plagiarism : write better papers in APA, Chicago, and Harvard citation style
Cite them right : the essential referencing guide
Cite right : a quick guide to citation styles--MLA, APA, Chicago, the sciences, professions, and more
The complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism
Doing honest work in college : how to prepare citations, avoid plagiarism, and achieve real academic success
The everyday writer with exercises
A guide to MLA documentation : with an appendix on APA style
How to cite, reference & avoid plagiarism at university
MLA rules for format & documentation
Publication manual of the American Psychological Association : the official guide to APA style
Rules for writers
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Featured e-books
Internet Resources
Harvard Referencing
MLA Referencing
Vancouver Referencing
Further Resources
  • Citation Machine
    An interactive citation tool for MLA and APA styles.
  • Mendeley
    A free reference management software.
  • Turnitin
    A plagiarism detection and avoidance tool.
  • Zotero
    A free reference management software. 

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