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 6th 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.