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Why do I need to provide references in my work?

To show anyone who reads your work that you understand the topic and can demonstrate your own thoughts on this.

To demonstrate that you have read widely and deeply.

To enable the reader to locate where you obtained each quote or idea.

By providing the original source you are acknowledging that you have read the work and recognise the original author(s) ideas.

How do I provide references in my work?

This guide will provide detailed information on how to provide references in a variety of different circumstances. The most important thing to remember is to be consistent in the way you record your references.

Academic Honesty

If you understand the reasons for referencing it is evident why you should not pass off work of others as your own. Failing to reference appropriately could result in your assessors thinking you are guilty of plagiarism - the act of using somebody else's work or ideas as your own. You will find information relating to academic honesty in various student documentation including module guides and student handbooks.

During the course of writing an essay, report or other assignment it is usual to support arguments by referring to, or citing, information produced by other authors. This information could be presented in journal or newspaper articles, government reports, books or specific chapters of books, research dissertations or theses, material over the internet etc. When you cite someone's work in the text of your essay (an in-text citation), you also need to create a full reference for it at the end of your work. This gives the full details for the information source so that it can be traced by anyone who reads your work.


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