It is important that you identify in your assignment when you are using the words or ideas of another author. Referencing is the most accepted way of acknowledging these sources. You should list them at the end of your document, on the last page (or last few pages).
DkIT uses the Harvard Referencing system and it has two essential elements: (Link to Harvard How to)
Citing: referring to sources you used within the main text of your document
Reference List: a detailed list of sources cited in your work, located at the end of your document.
See our Quick Guide to Harvard Referencing for more information and examples.
Accurate referencing is a key part of good academic practice and enhances the presentation of your work:
It is important that you write down the details of your sources as you research. This saves time at the end of your assignment. In a reference list, you only need to list those sources from which you have either quoted or paraphrased. For example, you do not have to list books you used for background reading purposes. However these can be listed in a bibliography
Using a reference management programme like Mendeley can streamline the process.
The important details (i.e. author, title, date of publication etc.).can be found -
Add your sources (texts, articles, interviews, etc.) in alphabetical order by authors' last names. Use the title when a source has no author. All sources should be listed together; there should not be separate lists for books versus journal articles versus electronic sources. The reference list should be on a separate page from the rest of the assignment and should be simply titled ‘References’
Some lecturers may want you to produce a bibliography instead of a reference list. In this case, you must list all sources you have consulted, regardless of whether you cited from them or not.
All of the sources you refer to in the main body of your assignment need to be listed at the end of the assignment in a reference list (A-Z by author surname).