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5. Writing Guidelines
For words or ideas which are quoted, paraphrased, or otherwise referenced within a student's work, citations within the text will point readers to a reference list. This will allow the reader to find the original source of the quotes or ideas expressed. Although a formal list at the end of the document is most common, footnotes are also acceptable.
Be sure to include enough information to allow the reader to find the original source of the information referenced. At minimum, each reference should include the author's name, year of publication, resource title, and URL if applicable. Two common examples are included below. Information about the publisher is nice, but not necessary.
- Example of a reference list entry for information from a website:
Neault, R. (2008, July). That’s just plain silly! Channeling outrage to champion change. Retrieved from http://counselingoutfitters.com/vistas/vistas09/Neault.doc
- Example of a reference list entry for a book:
Hood, A. B., & Johnson, R. W. (2007). Assessment in counseling: A guide to the use of psychological assessment procedures. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.