Referencing tips

Learning Skills Centre Jo G Holmesglen Staff • 27 August 2021
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At the Learning Skills Centre we see many students who need help with referencing.

It can be tricky! This year the new APA 7th is the referencing style for most courses (a few changes from APA 6th).

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 if you can’t find a human 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 full details of the in-text citation in the reference list. 

Include the author’s surname as part of the in-text citation – as well as year e.g. (Gregory, 2021)

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 website addresses as in-text citations. 

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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