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Referencing is a way of acknowledging the authors of books, papers, published and unpublished materials that you have used in your assignments.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:
Anything you have read, and refer to in your writing must:
- be acknowledged in text
(in the text of your assignment or essay)
- be included in your reference list
(the detailed list of information sources you refer to at the end of your work)
Here is a selection of Academic Writing guides to assist you with Referencing