What is Referencing?
When you include information from other books, websites or journals to support your assignments at university you must cite these in your work and include full details in your list of references. If you don’t do this correctly, you could be accused of stealing other people’s ideas or words and trying to pass them off as your own, this is known as plagiarism.
Referencing can seem a bit daunting at first, but don’t panic! The introductory tutorial below will help you feel a bit more confident. It will also give you some ideas about how to avoid plagiarism and use techniques such as paraphrasing. Referencing gets easier the more you do it.
The Applied Psychology course uses the APA (American Psychological Association) guidelines for referencing.
We have created APA Referencing - Quick Guide to give you an introduction
For a more detailed look at APA citation and referencing, please refer to the APA Style website which has guides and tutorials for the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th edn. (The official APA referencing guide).
There is also guidance in Cite Them Right (see below)
These websites may also help:
The online tutorials below are based on the general UoC Harvard style, but still contain useful information, and are worth working through:
Referencing online tutorial
Plagiarism and malpractice online tutorial
What is Cite them right?
Most courses, at the University of Cumbria, use the Harvard system of referencing contained in Cite them right 10th edition.
APA style is covered in Section F (pages 91-108).
Cite them right can be accessed / purchased here:
- Each of our libraries hold copies of Cite them right
- Citethemrightonline is a fully electronic version (you will need to login, if accessing from off campus, using your normal university username and password).
- Citethemrightonline is also available via the Useful Links button in the Student Hub.
- Cite them right can be purchased from Amazon and other good book retailers.