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.
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.
Check out our online referencing tools for citations in the following formats:
If you have any feedback regarding our referencing guide, please email your Academic Skills team.