importance of referencing
Citing your sources is important for a variety of reasons, including:
According to the ERAU Student Handbook (2017-2018),
More detailed information can be found here:
Plagiarism (using someone else’s work but giving the impression that it is your own) can easily be avoided by learning how to reference correctly. Referencing allows you to indicate in your work where you have used other sources, using a recognised referencing style for your subject and is often included in assessment criteria.
The enormous importance of things like citations and referencing in academic work is hard to overstate. Long story short – you must include these in your academic writing. There are a number of reasons for including in-text citations and end of text references in your writing:
- To avoid plagiarism. This is something you really want to do – something we cover in our lesson on academic authority (and will also be discussing in an upcoming blog post on plagiarism)
- To give credit to other researchers. And by doing this, you acknowledge their ideas and their hard work (again, something we cover in ouracademic authority lesson as well as the reporting verbs and ‘voice’ lesson – both of which you can find in our Academic Skills lessons); and
- To help your reader find the sources that you used – in case they are interested in further reading, etc.
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