I am talking about Referencing formats and not styles (using
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Looking at How should references to journal articles be provided? it seems that the preferred format is APA referencing. Before I came here, although I was familiar with others, I only knew the Harvard Referencing system.
The 2 formats are similar
Cuijpers, P. et al., 2016. How effective are cognitive behavior therapies for major depression and anxiety disorders? A meta-analytic update of the evidence. World Psychiatry, 15(3), pp. 245—258.
Cuijpers, P. et al. (2016). How effective are cognitive behavior therapies for major depression and anxiety disorders? A meta-analytic update of the evidence. World Psychiatry, 15(3), 245—258.
there are slight differences and I am now also used to writing APA references whilst answering questions here, but it took a while for me to naturally form citations in APA format.
Whilst the MLA, Chicago and Vancouver formats are very different and hard to pick out when looking for specific references in comparison to Harvard and APA
would it be considered wrong to use a different referencing format, so long as the citation contains enough information to find the article, book etc.?