When referring to a text you summarize or enter with your own words what someone else has written, which requires that you first have assimilated and understood the original text. The reason why someone makes a reference may be to:
When referencing it is important to differentiate between your own thoughts and the author. It can be monitored through specific ways of writing, such as "According to X (year) ..." or "X (year) means ...".
Finally, it is important to specify the source through a text reference next to the citation and the full reference in the reference list.
In a report, thesis or other scientific/scholarly text, it must be easy to tell the difference between your own thoughts and conclusions and what is based on other texts. It should also be easy for your readers to find the sources you have used.
Be careful to keep track of your sources, no matter what type the source are. It will save you time and effort at the end of your thesis work. It is important that you refer to your sources in a standardized way. There are several different standards. Check with your teacher which one is recommended in your subject.
To quote is repeating what someone else has written or said. The choice to quote instead of rephrasing may be due to:
When quoting, it is important that the source is directly connected to the quote and with a full reference in the reference list as well as a page reference. There are two different ways to quote:
Links to more reference systems (for systems APA and Harvard view tabs in this guide). Check with your teacher which one is recommended for your subject!:
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