Referencing is a key ingredient of academic writing. Writing an academic assignment involves engaging with and incorporating relevant ideas and information from sources you have read. Accordingly, it’s important to understand the principles of referencing and know why, what, where and how to cite sources.
This guide outlines the principles of referencing, some practical referencing strategies and the main referencing styles used at USC. To learn more about academic integrity, please follow this link to the Academic integrity information page.
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