Bibliographic referencing in academic work
When writing an essay, thesis, dissertation or any other piece of academic writing, it is essential to cite any material that you use from another source, whether it is taken from a book, article, web site or other work.
- Why bibliographic referencing is important
- Collect and store bibliographic records for the sources you use
- Cite the sources you have used in endnotes, footnotes and bibliographies
- Bibliographic referencing software at AU
- Further advice
Cite the sources you have used correctly, completely and consistently and
- gain better marks
- avoid accidental plagiarism
- give credit to those whose work you have quoted or paraphrased
- allow those who read your work to locate and read the sources you have used
- build on your research skills; good bibliographic referencing is essential to academic writing in higher education
You can also collect and store records in bibliographic referencing software.
- What are in-text citations, footnotes and bibliographies?
- How to insert footnotes into Microsoft Word documents
These supported applications are available to help you gather, manage and format bibliographic records and cite them in word-processed documents
- The Citations & Bibliography tool in Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010 allows you to add bibliographic records by hand for instant citations and bibliographies. This step-by-step introductory Guide to Citations and Bibliography in Microsoft Word 2010 demonstrates the essential features.
- EndNote online (was EndNote Web) is freely available, with enhanced features for AU students and staff
- EndNote desktop is a fully-featured bibliographic referencing application available in AU computer rooms and on other AU-owned computers, and available for purchase on personal computers
More reference sources on bibliographic referencing are available in the library and online.