5 good reasons to reference

Referencing is one of those things you know you have to get right, but it can all seem a bit confusing. When writing assignments you will use ideas, theories, quotations, facts and figures, as well as illustrations and even diagrams that are not your own. Referencing shows your readers where you found all your information.

Here are five good reasons to reference:

  1. Referencing gives credit to the original authors and allows readers to find the original source to check or follow up on a point.
  2. Referencing gives credibility to your work and provides support for your own arguments or ideas.
  3. Referencing helps you avoid plagiarism and demonstrates Academic Integrity.
  4. Referencing your sources properly, in the style required by your lecturer, is an essential part of university writing.
  5. Referencing demonstrates how widely you have researched for your assignment and getting it right means you won’t lose marks for all your hard work.

Where can you find help?
You can save time by using the Library Referencing guides.
Find information on different referencing styles and examples of references for different sources including journal articles, book chapters, ebooks, multimedia and many more in our Library Referencing guides. There is also information on the different referencing tools that can help you to manage your references.
Links to the Referencing guides are on the Library homepage and in Library Essentials on UONline.
For help you can Book a Librarian, Chat to us online or drop into the Library.


Google Scholar links to ScienceDirect

ScienceDirect is just one database that provides full-text access to our subscribed journals via Google Scholar.

Scholar is a simple way to search for scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources. Scholar can access our subscribed journals so there is no need to pay for content!

Scholar allows you to import citations into EndNote, see related articles, see who’s citing the article and you can set up alerts.

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How to request items between UON Libraries

All University of Newcastle staff and students can request material from our other UON campus libraries including: Newcastle City campus Library, Callaghan (Huxley and Auchmuty Libraries), and Central Coast (Ourimbah Library).

The exception is for items held at the UON Sydney Library.  Students studying at UON Sydney Library can request from any campus library.

For example, to request items that have been shifted to the Auchmuty Library as part of the move to NeW Space including DVDs and CDs, music scores, and records just click on the ‘Request It’ button on the item via the Library Catalogue, (NEWCAT+)

These should be available the next business day.

Library Live -Virtual Librarian now on weekends

Library Live, our Virtual Book a Librarian service is now available weekends.  Speak ‘face-to-face’ with a Librarian to receive tailored instruction to suit your learning needs which may include:

  • research and assignment questions
  • help using ebooks
  • finding journal articles
  • using the Library catalogue or managing references


  • Drop into the Library and speak to a Librarian.
  • Book a time in advance to meet with a Librarian in any of our Libraries.