How to Handle Referencing Styles in Assignments

The question we are going to answer in this article is, “How to Handle Referencing Styles in Assignments?” If you are new to academic writing, referencing styles can be a nightmare for you! In fact, referencing styles are not difficult if we get guidance from a right place. There are plenty of websites on the internet that can help academic writers cite references in a particular referencing style.

There are a lot of referencing styles used in the world. But as a student or academic writer, you do not need to learn all of these referencing styles. There are about 5 referencing styles that are widely used in the world these days. You just need to learn a referencing style that your teacher has asked you to use in your assignment or project. There are two main parts of citation when it comes to citing a source. One is called “reference page citation” part and the other is called “in-text citation” part.

If you are an academic writer, you will come across about 5 referencing styles every now and then. These 6 famous and widely used referencing styles include APA, Harvard, MLA, Chicago, Turabian and Oxford. All these referencing styles include the name of the author(s); the title of the book (journal, web page, etc.; year of publication; publisher. So, one thing is sure, we are definitely going to write these attributes.

The difference between these referencing styles lies in the difference in the arrangement of information about the author, title, date, publisher, etc. The most widely used referencing styles all over the world are the APA (American Psychological Association) referencing style, followed by the Harvard referencing style. The websites of different universities and other independent websites provide complete information about referencing styles.

I think after reading this article, the question “How to Handle Referencing Styles in Assignments” is no longer a nightmare for you. The most famous website to learn referencing styles is the website of Online Writing Lab’s Website of Purdue University, United States. Its URL is Following is an example of the APA referencing style;

APA Style for Citing a Reference from a Book

In-Text Citation:      Jones, 1998

References Page Citation:       Jones (1998) found “students often had difficulty using APA style” (p. 199); what implications does this have for teachers?

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