Help with Referencing

One of the key components of academic writing is referencing. It allows you to support your writing with evidence, ideas or quotes from others’ research without plagiarising.

In order to assist you with the task of referencing QUT provides an excellent tool known as
QUT cite|write. It contains detailed examples of how to reference all types of information in each of QUT’s four main referencing/citing styles. So when you have questions about how to include citations in your essay or format your information sources into a correct reference list, refer to this guide.

QUT cite|write is easy to use and involves 3 simple steps as highlighted in green below.

  1. Select your referencing style from the tabs.
  2. Select the format of your information from the list on the left.
  3. Select the type of information from the list on the right.

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You will then see an example which you can use as a guide to correctly format the Author, Date, Title and Publication details of your own reference.

If you need further advice about multiple authors, publication details or page numbers, follow the links in the grey boxes underneath the example as shown.

QUT citewrite

Click the Authors box in your style for examples of how to reference information with various numbers of authors, corporate authors, editors, authors who are cited in secondary sources and more.
Publication details contains examples to address questions about publication dates or places while Page numbers assists with referencing resources that appear “pageless”

DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) are unique codes which provide permanent links to online resources and are most commonly used when referencing electronic journal articles. This button includes key facts about when and how to use DOIs.

Of course, the more often you use QUT cite|write, the easier it will become to find the example that fits your reference question. However, if you need help to find the answer to your referencing question or just want to check you are referencing correctly, come and see us or call us at the Caboolture Library Learning and Research Desk. Alternatively you can ask your question online using the Ask a Librarian service.

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