When producing a piece a work, whether written or practical, it is important to acknowledge the sources you used. By referencing correctly you can demonstrate how widely you have researched your subject, showing the basis of your arguments and conclusions. By referencing correctly you will also avoid plagiarism.
Chris – Welcome back, this time we’re talking about referencing, a subject that really follows on from the previous research topic. I know that on my course we hadn’t had much experience of referencing our work but we soon got used to it. I just think, if you’re quoting what someone else has said or done, you need to say where the information came from.
Zarah – We’ve put a link to a general referencing tutorial on this page to get you started. This may all be a bit heavy but it is important. If you can start to get it straight now it’ll be easier for you later.
Andy - There are also some more detailed tutorials on referencing but, just to make it interesting, different university departments use different referencing styles so you will need to look at the information from your department to find out what tutorial you need.
Zarah – Yes it’s something you have to learn to do or you could find you are plagiarising. I was not aware of the term plagiarism until I came here but at University it is taken very seriously so it’s worth knowing about it up front.
Chris – Yer, and I know that some students worry about plagiarism, but it’s really not a problem if you understand what it is and how you can avoid it; there‘s some really good information that can help you with this. We’ve added a link to it on this page, so take a look if it’s a new concept for you.