What is referencing?
When you do any sort of academic study you will need to read what work others have already done in your subject or topic. This will be in books, journals, online or by watching or listening. When you write up your work you will want to 'refer' to what has been done in order to demonstrate that you have read around the subject and to make a point, for example, in a discussion, research or presentation.
Referencing is also about acknowledging the sources that you have used so that whoever is reading your essay can trace them.
Be consistent in your style of referencing. Know which style you are supposed to be using - for example, is it Harvard at Newcastle or IEEE?
To find out more about referencing have a look at our referencing library guide.
What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is taking credit for someone else's work. This can be done deliberately or accidentally if you are unsure of the source of your information. You can avoid plagiarism by making sure that you always reference your work correctly.