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Referencing is the way you acknowledge the sources that you have used to research and write your essay. You must reference every idea, piece of information or quotation that is not your own. Referencing is a crucial aspect of essay writing and it is necessary to demonstrate the depth and breadth of the research that you have conducted to complete your assignment.

Elite Editing can check and correct your references as a part of the essay editing process. However, it is very important that you learn to use at least one referencing system correctly.

For more information about the importance of referencing, please visit the University of New South Wales website on plagiarism and academic integrity.

Below are links to referencing guides for the most common referencing systems.

Cambridge Referencing Guide from the University of Melbourne.

Harvard Referencing Guide from the University of South Australia.

Chicago Referencing Guide from the University of Chicago Press.

APA Referencing Guide from the American Psychological Association.

MLA Referencing Guide from Purdue University.

Australian Guide to Legal Citation (3rd edition) Referencing Guide from University of Melbourne.

For guides to other referencing systems, please visit the Curtin University library website or the La Trobe University library website.

Essay Writing

Successful academic essay writing requires students to develop their skills over time. Writing excellent academic essays takes practice, but there are steps you can take to improve your writing and your grades immediately.

There are six steps to writing an academic essay. If you follow each of these steps correctly, you will find that you can write university essays that will earn you a Distinction (or High Distinction) every time. It is simply a matter of understanding what steps to follow and then completing each of them thoroughly.

Elite Editing provides free guides containing important information on each of these six steps. To view these guides, simply click on the links below.

Step 1: Analyse the QuestionStep 2: Draft the Essay PlanStep 3: Conduct the ResearchStep 4: Finalise the Essay PlanStep 5: Write the First Draft of the EssayStep 6: Professional Academic Editing

Thesis and Dissertation Writing

Whether you are an Honours, Masters or PhD student, the free guides in this section will provide you with valuable information for your postgraduate degree.

Elite Editing provides free guides containing important information on the skills postgraduate students need to research and write their thesis. To view these guides, simply click on the links below.

Please ensure that you also read the free guides above on Essay Writing, which are extremely relevant to Thesis Writing. The guide to conducting and organising your research is of particular importance for postgraduate students.

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