Referencing is one of the core elements of academic writing and something you’ll become very familiar with during your studies. But if you’re new to university or it’s been a while since you’ve last studied, it may seem a little confusing and hard to know where to start. 

What is referencing?  

In academic writing, you need evidence to support the arguments you’re making. Referencing is how you acknowledge the sources of the information you’ve used in your assessments, and it helps to demonstrate your commitment to academic integrity.  

What is academic integrity? 

Academic integrity is all about being honest and not misrepresenting the work you do, and it goes hand in hand with accurate referencing. You probably wouldn’t like it if someone else took credit for your ideas and passed them off as their own, right? Learn all about academic integrity and why it’s important by checking out our academic integrity tutorial. 

How do I know if I’m doing my referencing correctly? 

We have referencing guides for all the most commonly used referencing styles. They have loads of examples on how to quote and paraphrase in the text of your assignment, as well as how to format all the different resource types you might find, including journal articles, books and webpages in your reference list. 

Which style do I need to use? 

First, check your course’s Learning@Griffith assessment information to determine the referencing style you should be using. If you’re still unsure, ask your course’s teaching staff. 

I still need more help! 

Check out our referencing pages, which in addition to our referencing guides include fun videos, links to upcoming referencing workshops and so much more. You’ll soon be well on your way to doing accurate referencing to help meet your academic integrity responsibilities, impress your markers and boost your grades!  

And remember, if you ever need any guidance on referencing and academic integrity, never hesitate to contact the Library.