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MyCQU - Referencing


At university, you will need to research and use the ideas and work of other people. Referencing is the practice of acknowledging that these ideas belong to someone else. They are other people's intellectual property.

You need to provide references to other people’s ideas, words, designs, images, graphs, tables, data, computer programs or coding, or work of any kind as part of your unit requirements. Referencing gives your work integrity and helps you to avoid plagiarism, which is falsely claiming someone else's words or ideas as your own.

CQUniversity regards plagiarism and other breaches of academic integrity as a serious offence and this can have serious consequences for you as a student. Find out more about Academic Integrity.

How to develop referencing skills

CQUniversity supports students to uphold academic integrity by providing resources and opportunities to learn about referencing. The following will help you develop strong referencing skills:

  1. Download a copy of the relevant referencing guide from the list below. These guides provide comprehensive details of the different referencing styles used at CQUniversity.
  2. Download shorter information sheets on a variety of referencing topics from the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) Moodle site.
  3. Attend referencing workshops as advertised on the ALC Moodle site.

Each unit coordinator will nominate a referencing style to be used by students in the unit. To find out which referencing style to use, read the Referencing Style section of your unit profile.

Author-date styles:

Some units use numbered styles: