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Referencing is used to show your reader where ideas from your research and sources have been used in your writing. 

There are several different referencing styles, each with its own rules. At eCampus NZ, we use a referencing style called APA (version 7). 

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Why do we reference?

Research is an important aspect of learning at the tertiary level. Why? Because, as learners, it’s your job to understand and build on the knowledge and ideas of others.

As a learner, you’re on the journey towards becoming an expert in your chosen area of study. Academic experts before you have spent countless hours researching, thinking, discovering, and writing before going through a rigorous process to have their research and ideas added to books, journals, and other academic sources. When you read their work and feel that their ideas will add value to one of your assessments, it’s only right to acknowledge them and the work they have done. We use APA referencing to do this.

 

Will this skill help me after my study with eCampus NZ?

Yes! In business, it’s not unusual to be asked to research and write a report on a given topic. Anyone reading the report needs to know where the information was sourced and how the author came to the conclusions stated in the
report. How does the writer make sure that their readers can do this? Referencing.

In most jobs, it’s important to have a keen eye for detail. Learning how to use APA referencing accurately will help you to become detail-oriented and develop editing and formatting skills.

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How do I use APA referencing?

Use the APA Referencing Quick Guide to understand the basics, then follow the instructions in our detailed APA referencing Guide – 7th Edition.

Once you understand the principles of APA referencing, visit APA Interactive to automatically generate APA style references and in-text citations.

Top tip!

It’s highly likely that you will use texts, readings, images, and videos from your course materials when you’re completing assessments.

You’ll find a list of all resources used in your course under ‘Reference list’ on your Course overview. These are in APA format and can be copied directly into your reference list.

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