Referencing is a standard practice for acknowledging information sources in academic writing at university. Whenever you write an assignment that requires you to find and use information, you are expected to reference all the sources of information and ideas included in your writing. This booklet provides guidelines for using the Harvard referencing system. There are two components to a Harvard reference: 1) an in-text reference in the body of your assignment:
Chabon (2008) explores a range of themes and ideas ...
2) full reference details in your reference list:
Chabon, M 2008, Maps and legends, McSweeney’s Books, San Francisco.
While there are many versions of the Harvard system, this guide presents one consistent version for use at UniSA, which conforms to the Australian Government standard guidelines presented in Snooks & Co (eds.) 2002, Style manual for authors, editors and printers, 6th edn, Wiley & Sons, Australia. This guide is divided into two parts. The first part (pp. 1–10) illustrates the basic rules for Harvard referencing, answers some frequently asked questions, and provides a sample essay extract which uses Harvard referencing. The second part (pp. 11–18) contains specific rules and examples for a variety of different reference types.
Why do we reference?
Most academic assignments require wide reading so that previous and current thinking about a particular topic can be identified. It is important to show your reader that you have sought out expert, reliable sources to help support and develop your thinking on your topic. The learning module ‘Evaluate your information’—available through Infogate, found on the Library’s website—shows you how to decide if your sources are quality academic sources. The referencing in your assignment:
demonstrates good research practice shows the range of ideas and approaches you have found and thought about acknowledges where those ideas came from... [continues]
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