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Social & Political Science: Referencing for Social and Political Science

This guide will help Social & Political Science students find and evaluate key resources needed to successfully complete their assessments.

What is referencing and why is it important?

What is referencing?


As Social and Political Sciences students, you will be using the APA 7th referencing style.


At university you are expected to reference information sources used in your assignments. Referencing is important as it:

  • gives credit to authors
  • shows that you’ve done your research  
  • means that others can find the resources you have used .

APA Referencing guide


You can view or download the guide.

Useful sections in the guide


Useful sections

Here are some common types of resources you will need to reference: 

  • Books: 1.1-11 
  • Journal articles: 2.1-6
  • Websites: 3.1-2
  • Indigenous materials: 8.1-6

Go to the following 2 sections to see rules and examples of in-text citations and reference list:

  • How to write in-text citations: 12.1
  • Reference List: 13.1-2