3 Effective Ways to Use QUT Cite Write

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QUT Cite Write Guide

QUT Cite Write is a complete resource designed to assist you to cite, reference, and write well at university.

At university, you are expected to cite and reference all information you use in your assignments.

Citing is when you use and acknowledge someone else’s work to support your argument or illustrate your point.

Referencing is when you give bibliographic information – details such as the author’s family name and the date and title of publication – about the sources you used in your work.

Citing and referencing are essential to avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty that incurs severe penalties at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

Plagiarism is when you do not give credit to the author/s for information used in your own work.

QUT Cite Write
QUT Cite Write

Universities have standard referencing styles which help you to cite consistently and avoid plagiarism. QUT recommends four referencing styles:

  • QUT APA – an author-date style
  • QUT Harvard – an author-date style
  • QUT Numbered (Vancouver) – a numbered style
  • QUT Legal (Written Assessment in the Law School) – a footnote style.

QUT APA – How to use this tool

QUT cite write tool has been built to help you create references that meet the requirements of the university and your units.

To use this tool…

  1. Select the tab for the style you need (check QUT Blackboard, your assignment information or ask your lecturer/tutor if you are not sure).
  2. Read the information under Getting started, particularly In-text citation, Reference, and Reference list.
  3. When you are researching, remember to note the details of any works you are likely to use in your essay.
  4. Whenever you quote, paraphrase, or summarise somebody else’s work, or copy some information (such as a picture or a table), refer to the In-text citation section to make sure you acknowledge them correctly.
  5. In your Reference list, you will give more details about the work you cited.
  6. Use the menu on the left of this tool to choose the type of work you are referencing, then…
  7. Use the menu on the right to find an example that is closest to the type of work. Sometimes you will need to put together elements from a couple of different examples.
  8. For variations – check the pink buttons; they include:
    • Authors – what to do when you have more than one author, no author, an editor, etc.
    • DOIs – what are they and how do you find and use one in your reference list
    • Publication details – how to deal with anomalies in the date, place, or source of an item
    • Page, volume, issue – when and how to include page, volume, and issue numbers
    • Building your own – the basic components of a reference and how to put them together to create your own reference.
  9. If you cannot find an example that matches the type of work you are referencing, you may have to pick the type closest, combine elements of two different examples, or Build your own reference by following the principles of APA. Check out Purdue OWL.

QUT Cite Write Harvard

Harvard is a referencing style using an author-date system.

To find out how to craft a reference for a particular source on QUT Cite Write:

  1. select an option from the menu on the left, according to the general type of work you are referencing.
  2. select an option from the right, according to the subtype or situation that is most applicable.
  3. check the templates, which will tell you which elements of the information you will need for a reference, and in what order they should appear.
  4. look for examples to see what the reference could look like with real information, and with the appropriate formatting and punctuation.
  5. read any notes, that provide explanatory information, tips, and referring links.

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QUT Vancouver

To use this tool on QUT Cite Write:

  1. Select the tab for the style you need (check Blackboard, your assignment information or ask your lecturer/tutor if you are not sure).
  2. Read the Information under Getting started – particularly, In-text citation and Reference list.
  3. When you are researching, remember to note the details of any works you are likely to use in your essay.
  4. Whenever you quote, paraphrase, or summarize somebody else’s work, or copy some information (such as a picture or a table), refer to the In-text citation section to make sure you acknowledge them correctly.
  5. In your Reference list, you will give more details about the work you cited.
  6. Use the menu on the left of this tool to choose the type of work you are referencing.
  7. Then use the menu on the right to find an example that is closest to the type of work, sometimes you will need to put together elements from a couple of different examples.
  8. For variations – check the bright pink buttons. They include:
    • Authors – what to do when you have more than one author, no author, an editor, etc.
    • DOIs – what are they and how do you find and use one in your reference list
    • Publication details – how to deal with anomalies in the date, place, or source of an item
    • Page, volume, issue – when and how to include page, volume, and issue numbers
    • Building your own – the basic components of a reference and how to put them together to create your own reference.
  9. If you cannot find an example that matches the type of work you are referencing, you may have to pick the type closest, combine elements of two different examples, or Build your own reference by following the principles of the Vancouver style.
  10. You could also refer to:

For more on QUT Cite Write, check out this comprehensive guide on StudyLibs and QUT Write page.

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