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When using information found in books, on the web or from other sources in your assignment, you need to reference the sources correctly to:

  • Avoid plagiarism
  • Support an argument by referring to an authoritative source
  • Allow the reader to find and check a source

Use these guides to reference in a particular style and the tools below to manage your references. 


Referencing style guides

Bond University Faculty of Law has set the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (‘AGLC’) as the citation style for most assignments and research papers. Please check with your teacher if you are unsure of which citation/referencing style you should use for any of your subjects.

The AGLC prescribes rules for citing Australian, foreign and international legal and non-legal sources.

AGLC Referencing Guide

Primarily used in the social science disciplines. APA is an author-date style. References are cited both in-text and in a reference list at the end of the document.

This guide will help you reference a source in the APA (American Psychological Association) 7th edition style.

APA Referencing Guide

The Chicago Manual of Style describes two types of referencing styles. This guide is based on the Notes and Bibliography style, (Chapter 14) of the 17th edition published in 2017.

Chicago Style Referencing Guide

There is no definitive version of the 'Harvard style'. The term 'Harvard Style' can refer to any referencing style which uses an author-date format for its in-text citations. For example, the APA and Chicago styles can be considered versions of the 'Harvard style'. 

Harvard (AUS) Referencing Guide

Primarily used in the medical and scientific disciplines. A consecutive number is given to each source as it is referred to for the first time.

This guide is intended to assist Bond students in preparing references for their assignments. It is based on the AMA Manual of Style, 11th Edition, Chapter 3.0 - References, with minor additions to reflect student assignment requirements.

Vancouver (AMA) Referencing Guide


Other referencing resources

In many cases these guides will be enough to get your referencing right. But if you want more comprehensive guides to authorship here are some more ideas:


Reference management tools

Reference management tools allow you to store and manage the references that you gather in the course of your research. Most of these tools share the following common features:

  • References can be added manually, by importing a PDF or a reference from a database
  • Organise your references into groups or folders
  • Share your references with other people
  • Create a reference list in a chosen referencing style
  • Insert in-text references in a chosen referencing style while writing in Microsoft Word

EndNote, RefWorks and Mendeley are reference management tools available to Bond University students and staff. The Library actively supports Endnote and Refworks with classes and workshops. The Library does not currently offer full support for Mendeley but will endeavour to assist. Ask a Librarian for help anytime, or for help choosing which of these best meets your needs.

Contact your Faculty Librarian for more information about the workshops, or if you would like to organise a workshop for a group of your classmates.

Similar to RefWorks and EndNote, Mendeley has additional social features, acting as an academic social network.

It is free to use, but has paid plans for users who require more storage space. Bond University now has access to the Mendeley Institutional Edition providing increased personal and shared storage and unlimited groups of up to 100 members.

get Mendeley Institutional edition

EndNote is installed on all computers in the Library and is available to Bond students and staff to use on personal computers and laptops. There are two ways to obtain the EndNote software:

  • Staff can download EndNote from the Software Centre on their staff computer.
  • Staff and students can download EndNote on personal computers by following the instructions from the Online Service Desk.

The EndNote Library Guide will help you learn about EndNote. 

Get Started with Endnote

RefWorks is a cloud-based tool allowing users to access their account on any device. If you wish to create a RefWorks account follow these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Click the ‘Sign Up’ button
  3. Use your Bond email address to register

Once registered, you will be able to log in from the RefWorks homepage. After you’ve created an account, read the ‘Welcome to RefWorks Quickstart Guide’ available from the ‘All Documents’ folder within RefWorks. More help is available from RefWorks Support Centre.

Get Started with RefWorks

Another reference management tool that you might want to try is Zotero.