Note that there can be slight variations in the reference styles offered by different universities. Always check with your supervisor or journal editor on the requirement before you adopt any reference style.
What is a citation style and which one should I use?
A citation is a way of identifying and giving credits to others' published works that you used to support your own research. Citations can also be used to locate sources of works, as well as avoid plagiarism.
A citation consists of two parts: in-text citation and reference list. In-text citations are brief references of sources within the text of the paper, while reference list is a complete list of references at the end of the paper.
<- An example of in-text citations and references in APA citation style
A citation style defines the necessary information for a citation, how the information is ordered, and what format citations should follow.
SHTM students should use APA 6th style for their assignment. You can also check with your instructor in case there is any doubt.
In PolyU, citation styles commonly used by various disciplines are listed below: