A warm welcome to our guide to the three major referencing styles used at the UWC.
This guide will provide our students with examples on how to do in-text citation and creating a reference list or a biliography.
If you need any help, contact your faculty librarian.
What is referencing?
Referencing is a standardized method used particularly in academic writing to acknowledge the sources used in an essay or paper. "It serves as evidence from secondary sources to your research" (Badenhorst 2007, p. 21).
Where do you reference in your paper?
What must be referenced?
Why do you need to give references to your work?
What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is the act of using somebody else's ideas or words without giving credits to the originator. It is treated as an academic crime and can result in failing the whole course or being expelled from the institution. There are two kinds of plagiarism (i) Accidental plagiarism = this type of plagiarism happens when you did not intend to plagiarize but you still failed to acknowledge the sources. (ii) Blatant plagiarism = this is when you commit plagiarism deliberately - e.g. you copy and paste a passage from somebody else's assignment without acknowledging the source.