What is referencing?

Referencing is a way of acknowledging other peoples’ ideas and work. You do this

through a citation (in the text of your work) and a reference at the end of your work.

The purpose of referencing is so that anyone reading your work can refer to the

original source to check and verify the ideas presented. You must reference any

source that you use:

 To support an argument, to make a claim or to provide evidence

 To acknowledge other peoples’ ideas or work correctly

 To show evidence of the breadth and depth of your reading

 To avoid plagiarism (i.e. to take other peoples’ thoughts, ideas or writings and

use them as your own)

 To allow the reader of your work to locate the cited references easily, and so

evaluate your interpretation of those ideas

 To avoid losing marks!