Research & Referencing

A guide for students and staff on referencing, copyright, creative commons and more



This guide serves as a comprehensive resource for the College community on research methods and sources, referencing any type of source, what is copyright, how to use the College databases, guides for using the Library catalogue system + MORE!


Academic Honesty

You must acknowledge all sources of information that you use. Pretending that the ideas of others are your own is called plagiarism. The purpose of your reference is to acknowledge the source of information and to enable that source to be found again.


Students undertaking research are expected to list all sources of information in the following ways using APA 7th edition:

  • A reference/citation refers to a resource from which an idea or direct quotation has been taken. An ‘in-text’ reference, citing the author and date, is placed in the sentence or below a quotation inside curved brackets.

  • A references list is an alphabetical listing of all resources that have been referenced in the text of the report, essay or assignment.

  • A bibliography is an alphabetical listing of all resources that have been used, including all those referenced in the text of the work. It is placed at the end of the report, essay or assignment.

Academic Honesty Explained

Referencing Guides

Resource Key

When accessing content use the numbers below to guide you


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Brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)


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Provides additional background information and further reading. Introduces some subject-specific language


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Lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)