Defining Moments

“This definition of what a quotation mark is : one of a pair of punctuation marks – this ” ” or this ‘ ‘ –  is used chiefly to indicate the beginning and the end of a quotation in which the exact phraseology by another person or of a text is directly cited”.

Some useful advice when you are preparing your written assessments is to remember that while it’s good to be able to support your claims by including scholarly work and research by recognised experts in your field it’s even better when you acknowledge this work by correctly referring or citing these contributions. After all your academic prowess is a formal style of writing which is then assessed by a marker whether you can re-tell what you’ve been learning in class.

Often we hear time and again how difficult some students find referencing, and yes USQ does provide module work on this, perhaps you can come up with a way to remind yourself about how more easily it works. Think about it… do you have an actual plan when you are completing your drafts or do you just have a stab in the dark and hope you’ve correctly followed orders?

Do you understand what’s the difference between a reference and a citation? If you’re answer is “not too much” … maybe you can consider them as very simply a list of sources you have used to back up your claims, while a citation is mentioning the source of an idea.
Simple really – hmmm well for some – but let’s keep going…

Once the information you are seeking has been located and you’re really eager to use it, your next step is to create your reference list and keep it safe as you begin your assessment. That’s right… begin your writing, include your original ideas and your borrowed ideas and your quotes and include the original reference and the original citation of where it all comes from when you’re pulling it all together.

Of course we aren’t going to fill up our little blog with the great information that is already available to you guys, so we will remind you to use this great link to USQ Library  instead to discover more for yourself.

As you know (well we sure hope you know because we just gave you the link 😊), USQ primarily uses Harvard AGPS and APA (version 6 and 7) styles which means that you also might need to do some extra work on understanding these styles… Our advice? Build in some extra time to your study plan schedule to make sure you understand the updates.

*Reminder – you can use Turnitin for draft assessments just to double check any similarity to other published work. Talk to your Examiner about how to access this.

Until next time…