Referencing is a way of demonstrating that you have read around your subject. Each time you use someone else’s ideas or words it is essential that you acknowledge this in your work by citing the source in your text and having a reference/bibliography list at the end of your work.
Citing your references means the reader can refer to the original source themselves. This reduces the risk of being accused of plagiarism - the act of presenting the ideas or discoveries of someone else as your own. More information is available on the Brightspace Study Skills area.