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Library research skills

An introduction to referencing

Understand in-text referencing

When including the ideas of others in your writing, paraphrase them to demonstrate that you have understood what you have read, and use in-text references to acknowledge where those ideas came from. Your own voice should also be included in your paragraphs to let the reader know why these ideas are important and how they relate to the main topic and/or your argument.

Click through the slides below for examples of how to include in-text references in your sentences, and how to effectively integrate other people's ideas into your writing.

Citation generator

You can generate a citation directly from the catalogue, remember to check with the style guide as it may not be accurate. See the following example:

Use the referencing website

More referencing help:

For more referencing information and useful links see the Study Help website. Referencing Forum designed by the Learning Advisers at UniSA who can provide study and assignment assistance, including referencing support.

EndNote referencing software

It is important to keep track of all the references you use in your assignments so that you can include them in your reference list or bibliography. To do this you can record the citations in a Word document, spreadsheet or notebook. Alternatively, you can use a bibliographic management software to store, organise and cite your references. The Library supports the bibliographic management tool EndNote, although there are many free systems available.

More information on EndNote can be found in the EndNote guide.

navigate to the EndNote guide