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Academic Referencing

Referencing is an important aspect of any academic work. In order to avoid plagiarism, you must reference your sources of information and acknowledge them when you borrow ideas, information, maps, tables, figures, or direct quotations from other people’s work.

The referencing style most commonly used in human geography is the American Psychological Association (APA) Style. This style, like others, was developed to ensure that writers conform to a standard way of writing, quoting, and referencing.

Before you begin a paper, it is wise to consult with your tutor and course materials for course specific information about style and referencing. If there is no preference given, be consistent and accurate in the application of APA style.

AU Help Centre (Citing & Referencing)

APA Style User Tips (University of Wisconsin-Madison )

APA Style User Tips (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

APA Style Guide

Updated February 25 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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