Answered By: Rebecca Mackle Last Updated: Mar 13, 2018 Views: 140
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 offense 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