Auckland University Of Technology Referencing

It is essential to acknowledge the ownership of resources used in your academic writing.  At AUT we use the APA reference style (6th edition) to format references. In-text citations and a reference list are the two components of the APA referencing style.  With anything that you have read, used and referred to in your academic writing, you must:

  • acknowledge in text (i.e. in the work / assignment/ essay you are writing)
  • include in your reference list (i.e. the list at the end of your work of all the sources you refer to)

This APA referencing style guide provides some insight into APA style rules and examples based on the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).

Referencing is about acknowledging the ownership of resources used in your academic writing, and provides information necessary to identify and retrieve the work cited in the text.

There are many different referencing styles. At AUT most courses use the APA reference style.
 

What is APA?

APA referencing style is an author-date referencing system published by the American Psychological Association. 

There are two components in the APA referencing style: in-text citations and their corresponding reference list entries. With anything that you have read, used and referred to in your academic writing, you must:

  • acknowledge in text (i.e. in the work / assignment/ essay you are writing)
  • include in your reference list (i.e. the list at the end of your work of all the sources you refer to)
     

Reference management software

You may use a reference software to manage your references. The most popular software are EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero.

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