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Getting Started

You need to reference:

  • to demonstrate that you have undertaken research for your academic work
  • to avoid accusations of plagiarism
  • to acknowledge the work of other authors, which can be found in books, journal articles, websites etc.

There are two components to APA referencing: citing within the text of your paper and the reference list at the end.


Plagiarism is the use of another author’s ideas and words, either intentionally or unintentionally, without acknowledging the source of the information. It is an academic offence. Avoid plagiarism by referencing correctly.

Anti-Plagiarism Policy

Policy, procedures and guidelines on plagiarism.

APA Style Blog

This blog is a great source of up-to-date information about APA style.

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Many thanks to the University of Lincoln, for permission to use and adapt their APA 6th Edition - University of Lincoln Subject Guide.

APA 6th Edition