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MQBS referencing styles

MQBS generally uses either the APA or Harvard referencing styles. However you should always:

  • Confirm which style is required by checking your iLearn unit page or asking your convenor.
  • Check with your convenor if there is a preferred version of the various Harvard referencing styles.


Referencing guides

The Library team have compiled guides with information on the various referencing styles. These are links to the referencing guides for styles typically used in MQBS:


Using Author-Date styles

  • Both of these Author-Date styles require two elements: an in-text citation and a reference list entry.

  • In-text citation requires author's name, year of publication, and page number if you are directing your reader to a specific detail.

  • Reference list entries are organised alphabetically by the author surname, contain everything required for others to locate the information, and are located at the end of your work starting on a new page.
  • Different types of sources will look different in your reference list. For example, a reference list entry for a book requires four pieces of information (author, date, title, and publisher details). Whereas a journal article requires more (author, date, article title, journal title, volume and issue number, page range and DOI).

Using generative artificial intelligence tools (e.g. Chat GPT)

Related Referencing Guides/Tools

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The Writing Centre and Library also offer Referencing workshops for all students to enhance their academic skills and performance.