When you use information, it’s important to know how to correctly credit the original author/s. Your School may require that you use a specific referencing style to acknowledge all the sources of information you use in an assessment.
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Referencing is an essential part of academic writing. Referencing acknowledges all the sources of information you have used in your assessments, using an appropriate referencing style. As a student you will need to understand the referencing style for your course to cite sources for your assignments and avoid plagiarism.
Important: Check with whoever is marking your assessment about which referencing style to use.
Watch this video to learn more about referencing., plagiarism, paraphrasing and integrating references.
RMIT University Library (19 July 2021) ‘What is referencing’ [video], RMIT University Library, YouTube website, accessed 22 February 2023. https://youtu.be/KaMH-w-4Cd0
Easy Cite is the main guide to referencing at RMIT University (Melbourne). It contains rules and examples for many of the referencing styles used at RMIT.
Easy Cite provides an overview of each referencing style, and examples of how to cite and reference different types of information sources.
If you copy a reference, use a citation generator or reference manager, you'll still need to check Easy Cite to ensure your references are correctly formatted. Otherwise you could lose marks on your assessment.
You can access Easy Cite from the "Library essentials" section on the Library homepage, or google "RMIT easy cite".
Watch this video for a demonstration of how to use the Easy Cite referencing tool.
RMIT University Library (27 June 2022) ‘How to use Easy Cite’ [video], RMIT University Library, YouTube website, accessed 22 February 2023. https://youtu.be/KaMH-w-4Cd0
Activity: Referencing with RMIT Harvard style
Citation tools and reference managers can save you time and help with referencing.
See the Library's Reference management tools webpage for information about these tools, and how to install and use them.