Staff and students are responsible for acknowledging the sources used when writing research articles, books, assignments and projects. You must acknowledge what you have read in order to avoid plagiarism, and so that:
There are two parts to acknowledging another's work within your own:
The way in which these two parts are laid out is determined by a bibliographic referencing style. Each department at Unitec requires you to use a particular style for citations and references. Your department may have their own handbook that you can use as a guide. Guides to the most common citation styles used at Unitec are listed above. The Library also has a number of style guides available on the shelves.
There are many styles of referencing - preference varies between academic disciplines. Use the style that your lecturer recommends.
Once you begin using a referencing style in a paper, you must use it consistently throughout.
If you need to keep track of a large number of citations, you may find citations management software such as EndNote, Mendeley or Zotero useful. Within this software you can maintain your own personal library of references and insert correctly formatted references into your documents. See our Guide to Endnote, Guide to Mendeley and Guide to Zotero.