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Journalism and Communication: Referencing

A guide for finding resources for the study of Journalism & Communication.

What is referencing?

Referencing is the term used for the appropriate attribution of all the ideas and materials you use in writing an assignment.

Referencing includes the use of indicators in the text of your work showing where concepts and quotes came from, and a listing at the end of your work of all the resources you used to build your argument.

It is important to reference thoroughly and correctly to avoid instances of plagiarism, which is severely penalised.

References are usually displayed following the rules of a particular Referencing Style.

Referencing styles

Different schools require students to use different styles for referencing; for JAC, the style required is APA (American Psychological Association) 6th ed.

Please note that the School of Journalism & Communication also has its own Style Guide.

Referencing software

The UQ Library supports:

  • ‚ÄčEndNote
  • EndNote software is particularly useful for maintaining large libraries of references. Software is downloaded onto a local computer.
    How it works......

    As you research & find relevant articles, books etc, you can create a "library" of these references.
    These references can be then automatically inserted into your assignment at the correct place & in the required referencing style.

    The software then builds up a "Reference List/Bibliography" at the end of your document.