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What is referencing and how do I do it?

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Referencing is the practice of acknowledging and describing other pieces of work that you have read or used whilst completing your own assignment/essay/report etc.

Why do you need to reference?

  • To show how widely you have read around the subject in order to complete your own work.
  • To enable other people to trace easily the sources you have used.
  • To acknowledge other pieces of work you may have read, quoted from or paraphrased.

A bibliography is an alphabetical list of other work you have referred to or read, that you put at the end of your assignment or essay. A reference is a description of your source, which includes details like the author’s name and the title of the work. Citing is giving credit to the work of another person within the body of your own work. The consequences of not referencing correctly could include the loss of marks for a piece of work or an accusation of unintentional plagiarism.

Referencing can be made a lot easier by using reference management software like RefWorks.  RefWorks allows you to save your referneces in an online account and then helps you create correctly formated bibliographies easily. 

For more information about referencing, including guides to the referencing styles used at the University of Roehampton and support using RefWorks, please see the following link: