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Why Is It Important To Reference?

What is Referencing?

Referencing is a way of showing where the ideas, theories, quotes, facts and other evidence and information you use in your assignments can be found. Any books, journal articles, websites, etc that you use to research your assignment must be referenced.

There will be two parts to every reference you use:

  • The in-text citation, a brief reference in the body of the text
  • The reference list at the end of your text, which gives the full details of the works so that your readers can follow up for themselves


Why is it so Important to Reference?

  • It allows you to avoid plagiarism by acknowledging that you have used ideas and written material belonging to another author.
  • It demonstrates the scope and depth of your research.
  • It enables anyone reading your work to look up your references and read them for themselves.

Harvard Referencing Style


The Harvard Referencing and Citation Guide developed by ATU Library describes in detail the rules of the Harvard style. It includes examples of how to reference books, ebooks, journal articles, newspapers, websites, etc.

Referencing Software

Referencing Software


Cite Them Right

Cite Them Right is a user-friendly online tool to help you understand the basics of referencing. 

Clear guidance and examples help you to reference books, journal articles, websites and many other formats.

Tutorials and videos help you to gain a deeper understanding of academic referencing and avoiding plagiarism. 

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Microsoft Word 

MS Word has a simple built-in referencing tool to help you create references.

Find out how in the Library Guide to Referencing with Microsoft Word





EndNote is a reference management software package that allows users to create, store and manage references.

Find out how in the  Library Guide to EndNote 

Training and Workshops

The Library provides training on referencingEndnote and Referencing with Microsoft Word throughout the year. Please check our event calendar for the training schedule.