Method of Citation

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The importance of correct citation

It is vital to cite published works correctly; students often lose marks, or, even worse, commit plagiarism, through incorrect citation. Correct citation is very easy to achieve, as simple, step-by-step instructions are readily available. You are strongly advised to have such instructions close to hand every time you are required to cite published works.

The iSchool's method of citation

The Information School is in the process of moving towards the American Psychological Association (APA) method of citation.

Students registered before September 2011 may use the Harvard style if they prefer to do so. Students registered from September 2011 onwards are expected to use the APA style when citing published works. Please do NOT use any other method of citation unless explicitly asked to (for example, when preparing a paper for submission to a journal or conference).

A free tutorial, The basics of APA style, is available from the APA website here (Slide 13 onwards deals with the method of citing works in a text and the style used for the list of references at the end of the text).

A full explanation of the Information School’s APA can be found in the tutorial, APA referencing for Information School, which is part of the Library‘s Information Skills resource, available here (when you click the link to the tutorial, you will be asked to log in with your University username and password).

You are advised to familiarise yourself with these tutorials, and to access the relevant guidance every time you cite published works. If you have any doubts about appropriate citation, please speak to your supervisory team.

See also

Plagiarism and Unfair Means index
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