These pages explain why you need to reference your assignments, give you the link to the School referencing guides and introduces some software that you may wish to use for referencing (see the Endnote box at the foot of this page).
Academic referencing is an unfamiliar, - and daunting - skill for many students. At the beginning, it can seem difficult and complex but if you follow your school’s referencing rules and conventions you will be fine.
At university almost all pieces of academic coursework require you to provide evidence to back up your arguments and writing. During assignment preparation, referencing will demonstrate where you retrieved your information from.
Look at the marking criteria for your assignments- marks may be awarded for doing referencing well and following the correct referencing style for your school. It is therefore an essential skill that all students need to acquire.
There are three main reasons why you must reference clearly, systematically and consistently:
A question asked by nearly all students and not one with a straightforward answer ! It all depends on the question you are answering, the level of study you are at and the assessment / marking guidelines you are working to.
Ideally, your referencing should demonstrate that you understand the question, can plan and carry out a literature search using some of the academic sources mentioned in this guide, (books, journals and databases), read sources critically, and construct a good academic piece of writing to answer the question, using the work of others.
Some assignment questions are straight foward and require few references. Essays on the other hand requiring up to 3,000 words may need quite a few. Check your assignment guidelines, and if in doubt ask your module leader.
Other referencing resources
You must follow the advice in your school guide (link above), but some of the links below may also be helpful.