Referencing is sometimes called Joining the Scholarly Conversation.
Just like joining a regular conversation, you need to take note of who is speaking and what is being said before you can take part.
Referencing can be challenging, but it a hugely important and valuable skill to learn. If you develop good practices, referencing will start to come easier to you.
Referencing acknowledges the books, articles, websites, and any other material used in the writing of a paper, essay or thesis.
A Referencing Style is a set of rules telling you how to do this in a particular way. There are a variety of different styles. It is important to acknowledge the source of your ideas to avoid plagiarism. Anything that is not common knowledge must be cited.
Citing or referring to sources in a document can be done in two ways: In-Text Citations (Author-Date in the text) or Footnotes (number in the text and further details at the bottom of the page) . The Citation refers the reader to the full details of the source in your Bibliography or Reference List. The Bibliography is a list of all sources consulted in preparing the document, and the Reference List is those works specifically cited in the document.
Referencing is a crucial part of successful academic writing and is key to your assignments and research.
There are two main ways to use references.
References should not be passed off as your own work. That's plagiarism. Here are some tips on avoiding it.