University of Huddersfield APA 6th
Referencing using APA 6th
When you have included information from published sources in your work, you must acknowledge this information fully and accurately by:
- Identifying your sources, in a brief format, in the body of your written work (referred to as an in-text citation)
- Providing a detailed list of your sources in an alphabetical list at the end of your work (known as a reference list).
There are a number of officially accepted formats that can be used to reference your work. The University preferred referencing style is APA. However, some departments may prefer another style, and it is wise to check with your academic tutors whether your subject area uses another system.
- To show that you have done some research and have found relevant information.
- To support any claims you have made through reference to an authoritative author on the subject.
- To enable readers of your work to trace the sources used and draw their own conclusions from the original works which you have cited.
- To avoid being accused of plagiarism. This is using someone else’s work as your own without acknowledging it. If you do not acknowledge your source(s) you are guilty of academic misconduct. For more details, please refer to the Students’ Handbook of Regulations, Assessment Regulation 3 found on the University of Huddersfield website at www.hud.ac.uk/regs.
When do you need to reference?
You should acknowledge your source with a reference whenever you include:
- Mention of a theory, fact, argument or viewpoint attributable to a specific person.
- statistics, examples or case studies.
- illustrations or musical examples from another source.
- direct quotations from another source.
- paraphrases of any of the above.