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Citing Sources

In this section, you will find resources to help you cite your sources appropriately. We provide resources for citing in various referencing systems (APA, Harvard, IEEE), and list some tools to help you create and manage your references.

 

APA Referencing System

Sample APA citation (for a journal article)

Source: PolyU English Language Centre. Go to the full APA Referencing Guide by ELC.

Common Problems to Avoid

Watch this short video (1:24) to check if these 5 common referencing problems appear in your paper.

Sample Harvard citation (for a journal article)

Source: PolyU English Language Centre. Go to the full Harvard Referencing Guide by ELC.

Common Referencing Problems to Avoid

Watch this short video (1:24) to check if these 5 common referencing problems appear in your paper.

Sample IEEE citation (for a journal article)

Source: PolyU English Language Centre. Go to the full IEEE Referencing Guide by ELC.

Common Referencing Problems to Avoid

Watch this short video (1:25) to check if these 5 common referencing problems appear in your paper.

Which Style? 

It depends on your discipline. If you're not sure, check with your instructor. Here are the citation styles commonly used by different disciplines:

Subject Commonly used
citation style
Applied Science & Textiles (FAST) APA / Harvard
Construction & Environment (FCE) IEEE / Harvard
Engineering (FENG) IEEE / APA
Health Sciences (FHSS) APA
Social Sciences (FHSS) APA
Humanities (FH) APA / MLA
School of Design (SD) APA
School of Hotel & Tourism Management (SHTM) APA
Reference Management Tools
More Help

  How-To Videos:

  • Referencing: How-To Videos (PolyU) -- Videos address topics such as what referencing is, why you should reference, integration of sources into paragraphs and five common referencing problems.

  Study Skills: Taking Notes & Understanding Plagiarism

  Citing Chinese language sources: