What is referencing?

Why reference?

Referencing is important for a number of reasons. Among other things, it

  • acknowledges the intellectual property of others
  • demonstrates your wide reading and breadth of knowledge
  • provides evidence and information to support your claims
  • adds credibility and substance to your work
  • connects your work to the larger academic landscape
  • demonstrates information literacy, i.e. your ability to locate, evaluate, manage and use information
  • indicates to readers where they can locate the resources you've used
  • helps you to avoid academic misconduct