Answered By: Brian O'Donnell
Last Updated: Mar 07, 2022     Views: 347

Approved by Academic Council in 2011 and authored by senior members of library staff and involving the LIT Quality Office Write it Right are the official referencing guidelines for the Institute and they provide guidance and support in an area that can often prove daunting for learners.
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When you write an assignment at the Institute you are required to indicate that you have used the ideas and written material belonging to other authors in your own work both in the text of your assignment and in a reference list at the end of your assignment. This practice of acknowledging authors is known as referencing.

There are many different referencing systems widely used in academic writing. LIT acknowledges 2 systems:

  • Author- Date systems commonly known as Harvard or APA (American Psychological Association)
  • Numerical systems sometimes referred to as Footnoting, Endnoting or Vancouver.

There are two parts to the author-date system of referencing.

  • The author and the date are referred to in the text or main body of your writing (this is called ‘citing’ or ‘in text referencing’)
  • All of the resources referred to in the body of the writing are included in the reference list at the end of the assignment.

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