Tips on referencing

Learning Skills Centre Jo G
Learning Skills Centre Jo G Holmesglen Staff • 6 October 2022

At the Learning Skills Centre we see many students who need help with referencing.

It can be tricky, but it is important! For one thing, referencing helps you avoid being accused of plagiarism. It also shows you've researched to support your arguments.

At Holmesglen the APA 7th is the referencing style for most courses.

To help you avoid common errors, here's a quick list of Do's & Don'ts based on mistakes we often see:


Keep track of your sources

Use the organization’s name as author if you can’t find a personal author.

Write (n.d.) if you can’t find a date from your source.

Write your References on a page on its own at the end of your assignment (unless told otherwise).

Centre the word References (not reference list) & put it in bold.

List the References in alphabetical order (according to surname).

Include the author’s surname as part of the in-text citation – as well as year e.g. (Gregory, 2022)

Include the full details (initial, title of article/book, publisher etc) of the in-text citation in the reference list. 

Check the library website for formatting & punctuation


Mix up the first and last name of the author. First names (or initials) are NEVER included in-text.

Include author’s qualifications and name of the article in the in-text citation.

Include links that do not link to anything i.e. check your links!


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