Referencing is one of those things you know you have to get right, but it can all seem a bit confusing. When writing assignments you will use ideas, theories, quotations, facts and figures, as well as illustrations and even diagrams that are not your own. Referencing shows your readers where you found all your information.

Here are five good reasons to reference:

  1. Referencing gives credit to the original authors and allows readers to find the original source to check or follow up on a point.
  2. Referencing gives credibility to your work and provides support for your own arguments or ideas.
  3. Referencing helps you avoid plagiarism and demonstrates Academic Integrity.
  4. Referencing your sources properly, in the style required by your lecturer, is an essential part of university writing.
  5. Referencing demonstrates how widely you have researched for your assignment and getting it right means you won’t lose marks for all your hard work.

Where can you find help?
You can save time by using the Library Referencing guides.
Find information on different referencing styles and examples of references for different sources including journal articles, book chapters, ebooks, multimedia and many more in our Library Referencing guides. There is also information on the different referencing tools that can help you to manage your references.
Links to the Referencing guides are on the Library homepage and in Library Essentials on UONline.
For help you can Book a Librarian, Chat to us online or drop into the Library.


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