Reference Conventions

It is essential in engineering reports and essays to acknowledge the research and ideas of others. Failure to do so is considered plagiarism (or intellectual theft) and penalties may be applied.

References are first given in the text and second, in a reference list at the end of the report.

In addition to following reference conventions, your lecturers will also consider how well the references are integrated in the text and support the main points. These aspects are explained in Using Sources.

These notes are based on the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM): Guide to Authors (January 2006). Students enrolled in Mining Engineering Australia programs at Curtin University of Technology, The University of Queensland and The University of New South Wales are instructed to follow the AusIMM style for referencing. The AusIMM guide for authors is available online as a PDF document


Kate explains how she kept track of her sources of information (18s):

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