Why do you need to reference?
To avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism is the use of another’s work, words, or ideas without giving proper recognition to the source. It is easy to copy and paste that sometimes we plagiarise without realising it.
Whether, it is unintentional or intentional, plagiarism is considered an offense in the academic world which will result in serious consequences.
Referencing is a way of acknowledging the authors of books, papers, published and unpublished materials that you have used in your assignments.
Other benefits of referencing are:
Here is a selection of Academic Writing guides to assist you with Referencing