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Health Sciences - Faculty LibGuide: Referencing and Citation

Research assistance, subject guides and useful library resources compiled by the Faculty of Health Sciences librarians.

What is Referencing

REFERENCING is a way to demonstrate that you have extended your reading, learning and comprehension by using relevant and up to date sources.

Primary sources refer to material the author has written, like all the works written by Shakespeare.

Secondary sources are written as interpretations, criticism, research, etc. about a subject or an author. An interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragedies will be categorised as secondary material on his tragedies. The tragedies themselves will be the primary sources.        


Managing your References

RefWorks enables you to manage your references & create bibliographies automatically in your preferred reference style. It also allows you to export references from most journal databases into your own RefWorks account.

You can also do your in-text referencing with the RefWorks Write-n-Cite tool.

You can access RefWorks from the library webpage or via the following link: RefWorks 

Several tutorials on different aspects of RefWorks is available via the following link: RefWorks Videos

RefWorks LibGuide

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research. Mendeley videos 

  • Automatically generate bibliographies
  • Collaborate easily with other researchers online
  • Easily import papers from other research software
  • Find relevant papers based on what you’re reading
  • Access your papers from anywhere online
  • Read papers on the go, with our new iPhone app

Why should I Reference

To give recognition to the original author of the text, opinion, idea, fact, image, etc.

To enable your reader to check your information

Sources confirm the completeness of the research

Quotations and references lend authority to the argument, view, etc.

The source list can be consulted by the reader to verify information in the text

The sources can be used by the reader as additional sources to a topic.   

APA Referencing Guide

UJ Library APA Referencing Guide

APA Publication/Manual (hard copy book available from the Library 

DFC Library First Floor 808.06615 AMER

APK Library Level 5 808.06615 AMER

Vancouver Referencing Method