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 find the original sources.
You should always acknowledge the sources that you consulted when preparing your work. Failing to acknowledge your sources is construed as plagiarism. For more information on plagiarism, please refer to the guide on Plagiarism by the Department of Philosophy!
UCT Libraries has a web page dedicated to various referencing and citation styles.
If you do not know which referencing style to use, ask your lecturer or supervisor, who will assist you in this regard.
Welcome to the New RefWorks!
The University of Cape Town has campus-wide licences to RefWorks and Endnote. These reference management tools allow you to save citations to your own RefWorks or Endnote database whilst gathering sources for your research project.
When writing your paper, theses or dissertation you can choose the referencing style required to create the bibliography and easily change the style later if necessary. Please contact Dianne Steele for additional information regarding which reference management tool would be best for you.
EndNote is reference management software with features to—
Synchronize your references between up to three of your personal computers, an online library, and your iPad, through EndNote sync. (You must be the owner and user of all three computers.)
Share your references with collaborators through EndNote sync.
Use your references in word-processing documents to create formatted citations and bibliographies or independent reference lists.
The following libguide offers great tips on how to use ENDNOTE: