Referencing links what you read with what you write. At university you are expected to research widely and build your knowledge from the expertise of others.
It is important to reference all your sources:
There are three main reasons why referencing is important. They are: giving credit, showing your work and what we call findability. Let's explore these ideas in a bit more detail.Reason 1 - Giving Credit
Referencing gives credit to the creators of the material that you've been using and helps you to avoid accusations of plagiarism. Plagiarism is when you take other people's ideas words sounds or images and pass them off as your own. Plagiarism is treated very seriously at university and correct referencing protects you from committing it; even accidentally.Reason 2 - Showing Your Work & Building Arguments
Referencing is evidence of your wide reading in the subject and it displays your learning. It also helps you to discuss issues and think critically. Using and expanding on other people's ideas is a vital part of academic writing, whether you are agreeing or disagreeing or just discussing the arguments.Reason 3 - Findability
Finally, referencing helps the people reading your work to find the sources you were using when you wrote it so they can learn more about the subject and verify you were using those sources accurately.
Referencing is the way you acknowledge the sources you have used to develop your ideas. Sources may include words from published text, images, video, audio, statistics or websites.
Quality information strengthens your arguments and adds credibility to your work.
Referencing enables you and your readers to locate your sources, avoid plagiarism and demonstrate academic integrity.
If you use Turnitin, be sure to enclose all direct quotes in double quotation marks because Turnitin recognises only the text enclosed in double quotation marks as a direct quote.