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Please confirm the referencing style with the academic staff member in charge of your research.
Some referencing methods have minor variations e.g. Harvard, Augmented Harvard and Harvard British Standard.
Be consistent when using a certain style.
Plagiarism & Citing of references
•When writing your research, you will be expected to cite and reference everything that is not your own work.
•Citations in the body of the work must be accurate so that they can be located easily by other researchers and your reference list should include all the works you have consulted.
•If you do not acknowledge these works, you could be accused of plagiarism, which is considered a serious offence.
•Software can be used to detect plagiarism e.g. Turnitin.
•The purpose of a reference or citation is to describe a published item accurately and with sufficient detail to enable a reader to identify it and find it again
•Main reference styles are Harvard and APA
•You can manually reference your sources or use a reference managing system like RefWorks or Mendeley
•You are allowed, and even encouraged to refer to other scholars contributions in your research, as these bring quality to your own work, as long as you acknowledge the source and remember to cite it.
Reference Management Software Tools
An online research management, writing and collaboration tool -- is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.
Is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research
Endnote via Web of Knowledge
Free access for Unisa students to Endnote provided by Web of Knowledge
Zotero is the only research tool that automatically senses content, allowing you to add it to your personal library with a single click. Whether you're searching for a preprint on arXiv.org, a journal article from JSTOR, a news story from the New York Times, or a book from your university library catalog, Zotero has you covered with support for thousands of sites
Referencing using RefWorks
is a web-based bibliographic citation manager that allows you to collect save and organize bibliographic citations to journal articles, books, web sites and other sources that you have found during your research.•Contact your department and find out which style they prefer.
•With it you can create correctly formatted bibliographies in your preferred style of output eg. Harvard.
•Contact your department and find out which style they prefer.
Refer to the manual below on how to do use RefWorks
Write-N-Cite and generating a bibliography
•Write-N-Cite allows you to run an abbreviated version of RefWorks in Microsoft Word
•With Write-N-Cite, you can cite references in a manuscript with the click of a button.
•By installing the Write-n-Cite software a RefWorks tab is installed in the MS Word ribbon. Alternatively you can access it from the References tab in Microsoft Word
Refer to the training manual below on how to use Write-N-Cite to insert in text citations and generate a bibliography in your preferred output style.