To acknowledge original authors and avoids plagiarism. Explains where your ideas have come from and gives credit to authors you have read.
When to reference?
To support your writing by referring to the work of another author, e.g. paraphrasing a statement, summarising an original passage or using a direct quote . Cite the work in the text and give the full reference in the reference list. If material is cited second hand, the original source should ideally be found and quoted. Use secondary sources sparingly.
What are citations and references?
Citation = name, or names and date, given in the main text, e.g. "stories act as triggers for reflection and discussion in nursing" (Waugh & Donaldson, 2016). The citation is (Waugh & Donaldson, 2016). Reference = full source given in the end reference list. The referencing style used in this School is APA6th.
What is the end reference list?
A list of all references cited in the paper. It comes at the end of your assignment and details all the books, journal articles, websites etc. that you have cited (referred to) in your work. An example reference from a list looks like:
Waugh, A and Donaldson, J H (2016) Students' perceptions of digital narratives of compassionate care. Nurse Education in Practice, 17, 22-29 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2016.01.008