How to Reference or Cite SkillsYouNeed

See also: Academic Referencing

Referencing is simply acknowledging the sources you used when writing a document.  Referencing should be used for all sources of information including, books, magazines, journals and webpages.

Not referencing could be a breach of copyright or, in academic circles, plagiarism. The use of material found at is free for non-commercial purposes, provided that copyright is acknowledged and a reference or link is included to the page/s where the information was found, see below for details.

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How to Reference

For general purposes a reference (or hyper-link) to our homepage is sufficient. For example, if you have written an article about life skills you may include the reference: For more information on life skills see:

If you have found a specific page helpful then it is best practice to link directly to that page:

For more information about Interpersonal Skills see

It is also OK to use the page title as a link, for example:

Also see: What are Interpersonal Skills?

If you have made a direct copy of some text from the website and you wish to reproduce it then you are required to acknowledge copyright and reference.

For example:

"Some common barriers to effective communication include:

  • The use of jargon, over-complicated or unfamiliar terms.
  • Emotional barriers and taboos.
  • Lack of attention, interest, distractions, or irrelevance to the receiver.
  • Differences in perception and viewpoint..."

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