Referencing is indicating in assignments when you have used material that has not originated with you. This might include factual information, data, images, opinion, direct quotation, or when you summarise or paraphrase the work of other people.
The majority of academic assignments measure your ability to understand, analyse and evaluate the work of others. Consequently, referencing is a crucial part of this as it informs the reader of the texts you have consulted during research; you will also be assessed on the quality and relevancy of these sources. It is important to remember that referencing carries a percentage of the overall marks if undertaken appropriately.
The avoidance of plagiarism is an important aspect of Academic integrity. Plagiarism is when a person tries to pass off someone else's work as their own. It is essential that other people's work is acknowledged and referenced properly.
If you would like a more comprehensive guide to referencing, see Cite them right. The essential referencing guide. Available in print and online.
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