This page is designed to provide you guidance on citing your sources and preparing reference lists when writing your assignments and academic papers.

Why is citing important?

Citing your sources provide background information to support your work. It enables other researchers to follow through your research by referring to the sources cited.

Most importantly, you can avoid plagiarism by proper acknowledgement and citations to sources used in your academic paper and assignments. It reflects that you have acted in an ethical and honest manner when borrowing ideas and facts from other researchers.

The following citation styles are commonly used at Sunway University:


Citing Malaysian Personal Names

National Library of Malaya has established a standard entry for the various ethnicity personal names in Malaysia, such as Malays, Chinese, India, Kadazandusun (Sabah), and Iban (Sarawak). The manual provides guidance on how to cite Malaysian personal names.

The following seven (7) scopes are covered as guidance and standard practices for Malaysian cataloging standard entry for personal names.


Malay Malaysian language
Chinese Chinese language
Tamil Tamil language
Iban Iban language
Dusun Dusun language
Indigenous languages
(Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah Sarawak)
Native language
(Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah Sarawak)
Portuguese Kristang











Click here to view the Names of Person: National Usages for Entry in Catalogue Malaysia

Document No.

WP/110 Issue 2    31 Jan 2024