Basic Tutorial: Why Reference?
Referencing is important:
- 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!