Academic honesty and referencing
A good piece of academic writing will present your original ideas, supported by examples of existing research taken from your reading. Using existing research to support, clarify or offer different points of view to your ideas, will help make your work credible.
You must always maintain academic honesty when using other people’s ideas in your writing. Academic honesty means using references to acknowledge the source of the ideas and information used in your work.
The use of referencing will help you avoid plagiarism, which basically means presenting the work of others as your own (whether on purpose or unintentional). You could also call it cheating!
Referencing with APA 6th style
APA 6th is the style of referencing used at Takapuna Grammar School – it is also widely used at universities. APA referencing has two parts – the in-text citation and the reference list:
- in-text citation - a brief note within the text of your work that identifies the source of the information
- reference list - detailed list of all sources that were referenced using in-text citations
You must reference every time you:
- use direct quotations (copy word for word, using quotation marks " “)
- paraphrase (put into your own words) or summarise another person's idea or research
- use statistics, graphs, images or any other information found in any type of resource
You don't need to reference your own ideas (unless you have already submitted them in another work!) or information that is common knowledge and widely known to be true.
Check out the links to APA 6th guides at right.