Monthly Archives: October 2009

Writing References / Referencing Sources in Reports & Papers

Adding references to your work:

  • Adds credibility to your claims – people can use other sources to verify your assumptions.
  • Allows others to read on from your work into similar areas (ones you have deemed useful to your work).
  • Shows that you are aware of other research in the subject area.

References are essential the research equivalent to a bibliography, with papers listed at the end in a References section.

There are two main ways to cite work: (in no particular order)

  1. Harvard system (references listed alphabetically by name, with a short reference in your text)
  2. Vancouver system (references listed numerically by order of appearance, referenced to by numbers in your text)