Tips on referencing

Learning Skills Centre Jo G
Learning Skills Centre Jo G Holmesglen Staff • 5 May 2022

Referencing is a necessary skill in further education. It's true some students find it stressful. However, the consequences of poor referencing can be serious including losing marks or being asked to resubmit.

The good news is: help is available.

Why do I have to reference?

It shows how much you’ve researched (& impresses your teachers).

Readers can go directly to original sources.

Quotes can be verified.

To avoid being accused of plagiarism:

What has to be referenced?

Quotes, paraphrasing, images, graphs, tables, ideas, theories, facts.

Where do I reference?

In two places:

  1. In-text (the body of the assignment) &
  2. On a separate page, titled References, at the end of the assignment

HOW do I find referencing information?

First, check the referencing style for your course, but for most Holmesglen courses it is now APA 7th. 

Then go to the Holmesglen Library website referencing guide. You can find it here.

Scroll down the menu at the side to find info on referencing all types of sources.

Still not sure?

Learning Skills Teachers will also provide feedback on referencing. Check with us before you submit your assignment.

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If you have any referencing questions you can ask them in the community.