An Introduction to Citation in AeU
Doing references or citations is the practice of systematically indicating the origins of thoughts, ideas, knowledge, or words that one uses to author a report, essay, article, speech, book Web site, or other work’ (Walker & Taylor, 2006, p. 29). Neville (2007) gives 9 important reasons why authors need to follow academic writing conventions by including referencing: Accurate referencing to avoid being accused of plagiarism.
- To indicate appreciation, to show courtesy and respect, about honoring the work of other researchers.
- To trace the origin of ideas.
- To build your own set of ideas.
- To validate an argument presentation of valid evidence in an assignment.
- To spread knowledge- lists of references at the end can be used in identifying other related sources for your research.
- To show the authors or sources that influence your writing
- Evidence of your intellectual integrity.
- APA: American Psychological Association.
- MLA: Modern Language Association
- Chicago Manual of Style
There exist many different referencing styles for citing the sources of your research material. For example:
At AeU, we are using APA style in assignments, reports, projects, and dissertations. The manual of APA style can be download here: link while for APA 6 version are available at American Psychological Association
Manual guide on APA 7In Mid 2020, The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, the authoritative resource for APA style will release its 7th edition. Some of the highlights on the new edition can be viewed in this link
Using Citation Manager
There exist many reference manager tools to facilitate the process of referencing almost effortless.For example:
Mendeley is the recommended software as it is a free reference manager that can help users collect references, organize citations, and create bibliographies. Additionally, Mendeley is also an academic social network that enables you to share your research with others. You may download mendeley software by following this link
The overview of the software can be viewed from this link:
For installation instruction, you may follow this link
Also, you may create your cittations and references list by following this tutorial
Neville, C. (2010). The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism (Vol. 2nd ed). Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education. Walker, J., & Taylor, T. (2006). The Columbia Guide to Online Style: Second Edition. New York: Columbia University Press.
AeU Digital Library has many titles for further reading,
1. Neville, C. (2010). The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism (Vol. 2nd ed). Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=466515&site=ehost- live
2. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. (2010). American Psychological Association. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=cat07683a&AN=akc.3587&site= eds-live