References

 
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What is referencing?

When you write your lab report you will be expected to incorporate research and ideas of other scientists. Referencing is how you acknowledge someone else's ideas and research in your work. It is an important part of scientific writing and will help you to avoid plagiarism.

Referencing consists of:

  • Citation  -  acknowledges research and ideas of others in the text of your report. 
  • Reference list - a list of the sources you have used at the end of your report. 

References should appear in the following sections of your report:

  • Introduction and Discussion section - in-text citations.
  • Reference section - list of references at the end of the report.

Use a recognised, consistent style for citing and referencing other people's work. References will look different depending on the style you use.  To find out which style you should use:

  • Consult your course guide, or check with your tutor or lecturer.    

Academic integrity signpost

For more information on referencing, see Module 3 of the  Academic Integrity Course. 




Examples of citing and referencing

Below is an example of an in-text citation and reference list in APA format. Module 3 of the Academic Integrity course also has examples of in-text citations and reference lists.

Example of an in-text citation in APA 6th style

to view an example of an in-text citation


Example of a reference list in APA 6th style

to view an example of a reference list


Activity

Choose the correct answer for each question from the drop-down menu:            
                   
                
1. A citation acknowledges your source in the text of a document                
                
2. You must include a list of the sources you have used at the end of your report          
           
3. Citations should be included in the in the introduction section.          
          
4. Citations should be included in the in the discussion  section.