Information or ideas from other people's work used in the writing of your essays or reports must be acknowledged.
Why should I reference my work?
Several methods have been developed over the years to record details of the sources you have used for your work. The method you choose to use must be consistent throughout your document.
Well-known methods include Harvard and American Psychology Association (APA) which are known as author-date systems. These are the styles in use in TAFE NSW and this LibGuide gives links to resources on these methods. Other methods not covered here include Chicago, MLA, Oxford and Vancouver.
Different methods are generally favoured by different subject disciplines. Always contact your teacher before using a particular referencing style as they may have a preferred method.
A bibliography or reference list is a complete list of all the books, articles, and other information sources you have read or used to help you write your essay or assignment. It should be arranged alphabetically by the author's surname.
What's the difference between a bibliography and a reference list?
A bibliography is a list of all the resources that have been read in the research of your assignment, but not necessarily used. A reference list includes only the resources that have been used and cited in your assignment.
Note that APA does not use bibliographies, only reference lists
Learn more about referencing in the following tutorials.
APA 7 Checklists
Further information, examples and checklists on selected topics to accompany the TAFE NSW Libraries APA 7 Referencing Guide
There are many citation generators available for APA 7 and Harvard, but caution should be taken as they will not exactly match the TAFE NSW referencing guidelines.
Oxford referencing system
Also known as the documentary-note method.
The Vancouver system was first published by the Vancouver Group and was named after it. This style of referencing is mainly used in medicine and was further developed by the National Library of Medicine (US).
Fill in the details of the sources you use in your work and the citation generator will give you a citation that matches the TAFE NSW guidelines.
Start by clicking a link below to enter your own item and make a citation.