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Guide to Finding Resources: Referencing

The information in this guide supports the information literacy program offered by the library to all first year students.

Why is referencing important?

Referencing is an important part of any academic course. It ensures that your lecturer is able to assess the quality of your resources. It also gives credit to the original author for the work they have done. To use the work of another author without correct referencing is called plagiarism.

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Copyright and Fair Use

What is Copyright?

"Copyright is a form of intellectual property that protects the original expression of ideas. It enables creators to manage how their content is used." Copyright Agency

"It is made up of a bundle of exclusive economic rights to do certain acts with an original work or other copyright subject-matter. These rights include the right to copy, publish, communicate (eg broadcast, make available online) and publicly perform the copyright material." Attorney-General's Department

Fair Use - The 10 per cent rule
"Can I copy 10 per cent of a work without infringing copyright?... In the case of fair dealing copying for the purposes of research or study the Copyright Act specifically provides that it is a fair dealing:
• to make a single copy (all or part) of a journal article in a periodical publication,
• to make a single copy (all or part) of multiple journal articles from the same periodical publication, providing they are for the same piece of research or coursework
• to copy up to one chapter or 10% of the number of pages of a published work more than 10 pages long, or
• to copy up to one chapter or 10% of the number of words of a work published electronically." Attorney-General's Department

APA Referencing Style

ACPE uses the American Psychological Association referencing style known as APA, for all academic works.

There are two parts to referencing; in text referencing and the reference list. In text referencing occurs within the body of your work whenever you have directly quoted from, or used ideas from (paraphrased), another work. The reference list comes at the end of the work and lists all references used in alphabetical order.

Find out more in the ACPE Style Guide for the Presentation of Academic Works.

For help with referencing come into the library or chat with a librarian.

What is Plagiarism?

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