Answered By: Rebecca Mackle
Last Updated: Jan 05, 2017     Views: 17

Referencing/citing is an important part of academic work. It serves a number of purposes: 
To give credit to other people's work and ideas.
To provide the reader (often the marker or examiner) with evidence of the breadth and depth of reading done. 
To enable the reader to follow up your references and locate the original works.
To avoid accusations of plagiarism, which is a serious academic offence and can lead to loss of marks and failing the module or in some cases, the entire degree.

The video below may be helpful as well.  

You can find out more information on the University Library's Good Academic Practice Guide

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