Referencing

WHAT IS A REFERENCING?

Referencing is the documentation required to make your research paper acceptable for academic purposes. It provides authoritative sources for your statements, helps the reader have access to those sources, and acknowledges the fact that the information used in a research paper did not originate with the author.

TYPES OF REFERENCING:

Harvard is a referencing style which is used widely across a range of disciplines; it could arguably be deemed the “most commonly used” style. It is primarily used in the humanities and social sciences subjects, though some sciences and business subjects use it, too.

APA (American Psychological Association) referencing is a style which shares several similarities with Harvard referencing; it is predominantly used in the social sciences.

  • MLA REFERENCING:

MLA (Modern Language Association) referencing is a style often used within liberal arts and humanities disciplines.

  • OPEN UNIVERSITY REFERENCING:

Open University referencing is, as indicated in the name, used by the Open University. It is a close adaptation of Harvard referencing and uses most of the same conventions with a few stylistic differences.