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APA referencing system

Most students will have to reference an assignment at some stage of their studies. This unit will take you through how to use the American Psychological Association's (APA) referencing style. Work through and complete the activities to learn how to avoid plagiarism when using other people's works, e.g. words, ideas, images etc. Please note that this tutorial is based on the APA Style Manual 6th edition.

APA is an author-date system of referencing (or citing).

Referencing details must be provided in two locations:

  1. In the text of your assignment, i.e. whenever another person's ideas, words, thoughts etc. has been used e.g., direct quotes, paraphrases or summaries.
  2. In the reference list where full bibliographic details are provided.


APA intext referencing



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