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All reports require a reference list. References allow the reader to have independent access to your (re)sources.

There are two requirements for referencing:

  • an in-text citation, ie the acknowledgement of any words, ideas, facts, graphs diagrams etc form other sources used in the report
  • a reference list at the end of the report that contains the full details of all used sources.

Common referencing systems

There are three main referencing styles used in technical reports:

  • Harvard
  • Vancouver
  • Endnotes.

Check with your teacher / lecturer, or refer to your course guide, for appropriate referencing style. NB As well as an endnote referencing system, there is also a bibliographic management computer program called Endnote which can assist you to store, manage and sort your references as well as produce a reference list. The program and information on free tutorials are available from the Library's website.


Example (Vancouver)

Example of Vancouver referencing system
Example from Mobile Agent Security (Computer Science)

Further information

RMIT Library's referencing resources
Referencing (Learning Lab) - Harvard tutorial and quicktips on other referencing systems



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