How To Reference Correctly Using Web Sources

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As a student finding information and doing research is an important part of completing assignments. Once you find the information you need to complete the question, it's imperative you know how to reference the information that you are adding into your response.

Any piece of information that you write down that is not your own idea and you find from another source, you need to add a reference from where you got the information from. Since almost all information can be sourced from the internet itself, the following is a guide on how to reference correctly using sources found on the internet. These examples will give you an idea on how to write a reference depending on where you gathered the information from. 

Information From A Discussion Forum

Example:

"Food related e.g. a child may only be able to eat a certain type of food clothing e.g. a child may not be able to remove a piece of clothing based on their culture, language e.g. a child may not be able to speak English so having to learn key words in the child's language" (Lorina, 2016)

In your reference list add:

Lorina, (2016, July 23rd). RE: Responding To The Needs Of People From Diverse Backgrounds [Online Forum Comment]. Retrieved from: http://aussiechildcarenetwork.com.au/forum/certificate-3-assignments/responding-to-the-needs-of-people-from-diverse-backgrounds-8973?p=30960#p30606

Information From A Web Page

Example:

"Sustainability in early childhood education is an important part of the curriculum and should be incorporated into each and every service setting" (Aussie Childcare Network, 2015)

In your reference list add:

Aussie Childcare Network, (2015). "Sustainability Practices In Childcare". Retrieved from: http://aussiechildcarenetwork.com.au/articles/childcare-articles/sustainability-practices-in-childcare

Information From A Web Page With No Author

Example:

"As a child develop, their interests and abilities change. To encourage continued growth, you should provide opportunities to extend the children's skills and knowledge. Choosing resources and creating a positive environment sets a good foundation for the child's learning". (Fostering Cognitive Development In Early Childhood, 2010).

In your reference list add:

Fostering Cognitive Development In Early Childhood, (2010). Retrieved from: aspirelr.com.au/assets/document/1282680773-chfc505.pdf

Information From A Web Page With No Date

Example:

"The early years are a time when food habits are being developed. Most children have formed lifelong eating patterns by school age. It is an important responsibility of carers to guide children towards sound food habits which will to help them maintain a healthy weight and good health in the long term" (NSW Ministry Health n.d.)

In your reference list add:

NSW Wales Ministry Health (n.d.) Food and Nutrition In Early Childhood. Retrieved from: http://www.healthykids.nsw.gov.au/teachers-childcare/food-and-nutrition.aspx

Information From A Webpage  With No Author Or Date

Example:

"Erik Erikson built upon Freud’s work. He identified eight separate stages across the lifespan. He believed that in each stage we face a crisis that needs to be resolved in order for us to develop socially and emotionally". (Child Development Theorists n.d., para 17)

In your reference list:

Child Development Theorists (n.d). Retrieved from: https://sielearning.tafensw.edu.au/MCS/CHCFC301A/12048/chcfc301a/lo/12020/index.htm

Note: count the paragraphs if not numbered

Information From A Press Release

Example:

"The $2.3 million sale of the childcare centre leased to ASX-listed childcare provider G8 Education in West Hoxton at the Burgess Rawson auctions in Sydney on Tuesday was just shy of taking out the record of being the lowest yielding childcare asset in the country". (Financial Review, 2016)

In your reference list add:

Financial Review, (2016, Sept 14). Childcare Assets Are A Top Choice For Investors [Press Release]. Retrieved from: http://www.afr.com/real-estate/childcare-assets-are-a-top-choice-for-investors-20160913-grfcmr#ixzz4KE338FEm

Information From A Fact Sheet

Example:

"This new version of the Code of Ethics is a set of statements about appropriate and expected behaviour of early childhood professionals. It reflects current pedagogical research and practice, providing a framework for reflection about the ethical responsibilities of early childhood professionals" (Early Childhood Australia, 2016)

In your reference list add:

Early Childhood Australia, (2016). ECA - Code Of Ethics [Fact Sheet]. Retrieved from: http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/ECA-COE-Brochure_2016.pdf

Information From A Blog

Example:

"My son then taped the cellophane over the heart shape (on the inside of the plate). He chose how much dried pasta he wanted to put in it and while we were making it he would put the two halves together and give it a test shake to see if it made enough noise!" (Maggy, 2015)

In your reference list add:

Maggy, (2015, January 10).Valentines Heart Shaker [Web Log Post]. Retrieved from: http://www.redtedart.com/valentines-heart-shaker/

Information From An Electronic Mailing List

Example:

"Though your toddler might be too young to read for themselves, fostering a love for books can be sparked as soon as he can turn a page. A love for books and for reading is something they can carry with them through life, and making books a natural part of life can have a myriad of benefits. " (Care For Kids, 2016)

In your reference list add:

Care For Kids, (2016, August 17). RE: Fostering A Love For Books In Preschool [Electronic Mailing List]. Retrieved from: https://www.careforkids.com.au/newsletter/2016/august/17/love-for-books-in-preschool.htm

Information From Wiki

Example:

"Child development refers to the biological, psychological and emotional changes that occur in human beings between birth and the end of adolescence as the individual progresses from dependency to increasing autonomy. It is a continuous process with a predictable sequence yet having a unique course for every child. It does not progress at the same rate and each stage is affected by the preceding types of development" (Child Development n.d.)

In your reference list add:

Child Development (n.d.) In Wikipedia. Retrieved 12 September 2016 from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_development

There is no problem using different sources of information to complete answers. It actually helps you get gain a better understanding when researching different views and opinions for a particular question. However, it does become a problem when you don't reference and your assessor clearly sees that you are plagiarising and copying answers. So, please make sure that you reference all information that isn't yours in your assignments!

References:
APA Citation Style: Web Sources (2016). Retrieved from: http://guides.is.uwa.edu.au/c.php?g=324904&p=2809557

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