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Activity: Citations, references and bibliographies

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Questions are presented first with answers and feedback in the appendix.


Question 1 – Single answer multiple choice

Wuli’s assignment instructions state that she needs to provide evidence of all the sources she read about her assignment topic.


What should Wuli submit with her assignment?


  1. A bibliography.

  2. A citations list.

  3. A reference list.



Question 2 – Matching question (drag and drop)

Below are several possible reasons why it is important to acknowledge sources in academic writing. Identify which are correct and which are incorrect.




  1. So that readers can locate the sources I used for their own use.

  2. So that the marker knows my work is based on valid research.

  3. To make my essay appear longer than it is.

  4. To distinguish between my own ideas and those of others.



Question 3 – Hotspot activity

Select the example below that best illustrates the term ‘reference’.




  1. The choice of leader of the Victorian ALP was a significant factor in the Party’s electoral success in 1982 (Strangio, 2006).

  2. Strangio, P. (2006). John Cain Jnr: the burden of history. In P. Strangio & B. Costar (Eds.), The Victorian Premiers, 1885-2006. Syndey: Federation Press.



Question 4 – Yes/No

Amir has included a reference list at the end of his report as instructed.


Does he also need to include citations in the text of the report?


  1. Yes.

  2. No.


Question 5 – Hotspot activity

Select the example below that best illustrates the term ‘citation’.




  1. The choice of leader of the Victorian ALP was a significant factor in the Party’s electoral success in 1982 (Strangio, 2006).

  2. Strangio, P. (2006). John Cain Jnr: the burden of history. In P. Strangio & B. Costar (Eds.), The Victorian Premiers, 1885-2006. Syndey: Federation Press.

  3. Strangio P. John Cain Jnr: the burden of history. In: Strangio P, Costar B, editors. The Victorian Premiers, 1856-2006. Sydney: Federation Press; 2006.



Appendix: Correct answers and feedback



Question 1: (a) is correct.
Feedback: A bibliography is distinguished from a reference list because it provides a list of all sources consulted, but not necessarily cited in the work.
Question 2:

  1. Correct.

  2. Correct.

  3. Incorrect.

  4. Correct.


Question 3: (b) is correct.
Feedback: Citations appear within the flow of the text, whereas references appear as a list at the end of the work (eg essay, article).
Question 4: (a) is correct.
Feedback: Both elements play a part in acknowledging sources; the in-text citations tell the reader that the information comes from another source, and the reference list gives the publication details needed for a reader to locate that source.

Question 5: (a) is correct.
Feedback: Citations appear within the flow of the text, whereas references appear as a list at the end of the work (eg essay, article).



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