Referencing: Styles and Tools
When writing an assignment or thesis, you will need to know the basics of referencing.
The purpose of proper referencing is to:
- acknowledge your sources
- show that you know your subject
- help your reader verifying the information you provide
- avoid plagiarism
There are a number of different referencing styles. Whichever you choose, use it consistently.
The referencing style of the American Psychological Association (APA) is commonly used. APA uses the author-date method.
NB! If you already use APA 6th in your text, you can continue using it:
Harvard is an umbrella term for referencing styles using the author-date method.
IEEE (Institue of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is used in engineering and computer science.
Vancouver is a numbered system, commonly used in medicine, health sciences and natural sciences.