Referencing and Academic Integrity Guide - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Referencing and Academic Integrity Guide

What is referencing?

Referencing is a key component of academic writing, which involves engaging with, incorporating and acknowledging relevant ideas and information from sources you have read. Accordingly, it’s essential to understand the principles of referencing and why, what, when and how to cite sources.

Why use referencing?

This guide outlines the principles of referencing, offers some practical referencing strategies and includes the main referencing styles used at USC. Please follow this link to learn more about academic integrity.

Online referencing tools for citations


Harvard referencing guide.

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APA referencing guide.

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Vancouver referencing guide.

Australian Guide to Legal Citation

Australian Guide to Legal Citation referencing guide.

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