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VSC262 Research Skills Guide: Referencing

Guide for VSC262 Veterinary Reproduction

First things first

As you are searching for information and gathering "the evidence" to support your view you should be recording the bibliographic details of the resources you will be using and the web page addresses and date of access so that you can reference the information you use correctly.

Referencing at Charles Sturt University

You might think this page on Referencing should be at the end of this guide, as you probably think that referencing is something that you do last of all in your assignment.

But it's a case of "start with the end in mind". Right from the start of your research, you will need to be recording:

  • bibliographic details of the resources that you use for your research, so that you can reference them correctly. EndNote can help with this, because you can store the references in your "EndNote Library".
  • the places - for example, page numbers - in those resources from where you extract the information. You will need these if you need to refer to a specific page number.

The Referencing at Charles Sturt University webpage has lots of helpful information about referencing including links to the following resources:

  • Charles Sturt University Guide to APA Referencing
  • Charles Sturt University Example of an APA Reference List
  • Academic Referencing Tool
  • APA Style Blog

The main referencing style at Charles Sturt University is APA though this is not the only style used at the University and you should check with your lecturer if you are unsure.


Academic writing support

Charles Sturt University also has other services which can help you to get the best possible results for your work:

  • Turnitin Software - A Turnitin account allows you to check your own writing for inadvertent plagiarism or quotation errors.  Detect and fix problems before submission. Some assessments will require you to submit your work to Turnitin before final submission! 
  • Access support guides and advice to help you understand and prepare for your assignments in the Learning Skills section of the Student Portal.
  • The Study Success Forum is an ideal place to post those vexing questions about assignment writing techniques. Find it in Interact2 > Study Success > Discussion.
  • Why not attend an Academic Skills workshop online to enhance or refresh your academic writing skills.
  • Make an appointment with an Academic Skills adviser for personal help seven days a week.


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