As the writer of an academic work, you will need to consult a number of different sources, including books, articles, reports and electronic resources, to support your own thoughts and ideas. Using a number of sources that discuss different perspectives and ideas about a topic will allow you to write a well-formed paper.
The College has adopted the American Psychological Association (APA) style of referencing sources. The APA system uses the author-date system, for example (Smith, 2012), to make a brief reference to the sources in the text. The full details of the sources are then written at the end of the academic work in the Reference List.
Calibri, Arial or Times New Roman, size 12 font, 2 cm (min) margin, 1.5 cm (min) line spacing. Watch a video tutorial on the basics of APA style.
Tip: Look for the 'cite'/'citation' function in databases or on Google Scholar to speed up the referencing process.
(Always check against the ACPE Styling and Referencing Guidelines before submitting)
It is imperative that you acknowledge sources within your academic work. If you do not acknowledge the author of the source, it appears that you are attempting to present it as your own. This is known as ‘plagiarism’.
The ACPE Policy on Academic Honesty defines plagiarism as, “presenting another person’s ideas, findings or work as one’s own” (ACPE, 2014, p.2). Submission of plagiarised work is taken very seriously by the College and will result in penalties that may lead to expulsion from ACPE.
Any time information from another source is used in your assignment, a short in-text reference to that source must be provided. You can incorporate an author's findings, ideas, and work into your paper by paraphrasing or using direct quotations.
Paraphrasing: an author’s work is expressed in your own words.
To paraphrase means to rewrite the original text (or part of) in your own words, without changing the intended meaning. Simply substituting synonyms for some of the words is not enough as you need to indicate to your lecturer that you understand what the author is saying. Paraphrasing is preferred over direct quotations.
Tip: A good way of managing this is to read a paragraph and then, without referring back to the book, write down your understanding of what the paragraph means.
Direct quotations: an author’s work is quoted word for word inside quotation marks or indented in a block format. Use direct quotations
It is always a good idea to check with your lecturer before using direct quotations.
All references cited within the text are listed with more detail in the Reference List at the end of the paper. Only references cited within the text are included in the Reference List.