Topic outline

  • Attend this workshop (face-to-face or online)

    Additional material

    The information, resources and activities below are useful to:

    • prepare for the workshop
    • access if you are unable to attend
    • refresh your understanding after the workshop

    Watch the video (2 minutes, 22 seconds)

    Key points from the video:

    Referencing is a standard practice used in academic writing to show your reader which ideas you have gathered from other sources and where those ideas came from’ (UniSA, 2018, p. 2).  


    • acknowledges the ideas of others
    • allows you to use these ideas to build an argument
    • shows the range of ideas and approaches you have found and thought about
    • reflects standard academic practice and values
    • emphasises that you have used expert and reliable sources
    • prevents circumstances where plagiarism can occur. 

    To learn more about referencing and to access useful resources, visit the Referencing website.  

    NOTE: The example references shown in the above video are in Harvard UniSA style. Most other examples throughout this referencing site are in APA 7 unless specified otherwise. Always check with your course lecturers and tutors about which referencing style you are expected to use and follow the examples provided in the relevant style guide. Learn more about different Referencing styles here.

    Check your understanding of referencing in APA style

    Check your understanding of referencing in Harvard UniSA style

    Finding the information you need for your reference list

    What will you need to include when referencing a source using Harvard UniSA? Analyse the images below of a website and journal article and find the details you need for each type of source. Click on each detail you need to include.


    Journal article

    The reference list

    • Journal articles and credible websites are common sources used in referencing at uni. 
    • Other types of sources you might reference include books, audio and video.
    • Once you know what referencing style you are required to use in your studies, look for examples on how to reference different types of resources in that style.  Visit the Referencing style guides module on the Referencing site to find out more.