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Referencing is an essential feature of successful academic writing at university and serves four main purposes:
Acknowledges the source
Enables the reader to trace the source
Gives credibility to your work
In essence, referencing is a standardised method of formatting information sources used in your assignments or written work. Different academic disciplines use different referencing styles, and your School has determined the style you are required to use. Consult your Course Outline in the first instance to find this information - you will find it listed under Referencing Style.
Failure to reference, or poor referencing, can be classified as academic misconduct. Using referencing is a standard and mandatory requirement of scholarly communication.
Refer to the University's Referencing Guide located on the University Library's website to find out more about your School's nominated referencing style. If you need further assistance with referencing please contact a Liaison Librarian (see the Library Help tab in this guide), or visit your Library.