An important characteristic of academic writing is the acknowledgement of other writers’ words or creations through citing and referencing all sources of information used. Citing is the practice of quoting from, or referring to, other writers’ works and ideas in the text of your work; referencing is the listing of the full details of the publications that you have cited so that the reader can find the original sources. Citing and referencing have long been regarded as hallmarks of good academic writing.
De Jager, K. & Steele, D. 2016. UCT Author-date reference guide: based on the Harvard referencing style. Cape Town: University of Cape Town Libraries. DOI:10.15641/-0-7992-2529-7.
General guide to referencing
- Compiling the bibliography from the Information Fluency site developed in 2001 for the Cape Higher Education Consortium by Janine Lockhart and Adriaan Coetzee).
Reference management tools:
The University of Cape Town subscribes to both EndNote and RefWorks, which are reference management tools used to store and organise references. UCT staff and students can access EndNote and RefWorks on campus and off-campus (by logging in via EZProxy).
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