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Organisational Psychology Library Guide: Referencing

A guide to resources for Organisational Psychology.

Referencing Introduction

Academic writing requires that you acknowledge other writers’ words and thoughts by citing and referencing your sources of information. Citing is the practice of quoting from, or referring to, other writers’ works and ideas in the text of your work; referencing is the listing of the full details of the publications that you have cited so that the reader can track down the original sources.

You must always acknowledge the sources that you consulted when preparing your work. Failing to acknowledge your sources is construed as plagiarism.

Referencing and Plagiarism Book

Reference Managers

UCT subscribes to web-based reference management service used for storing and organising references such as RefWorks and Endnote.

Reference Managers help you to:

  • Collect and Import references
  • Manage your research
  • Share and Collaborate 
  • Cite and Write your paper

APA Referencing Introduction

APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition, second printing of the APA manual. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th ed., 2nd printing).

Links to other APA Manuals:


Plagiarism is a dishonest act of attempting to take someone else’s ideas, writing, design or research and presenting them as your own.

This is viewed very seriously by UCT and may lead to expulsion. To avoid plagiarism it is important to cite and reference your sources. 

Plagiarism Declaration

UCT's Plagiarism Policy with Declaration form is available at:

Avoiding Plagiarism - a Guide for Students