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 tab.
If you have any concerns about plagiarism, you can run a draft of your assignment through the Turnitin draft checker to view an originality report. You will see an 'originality score' on your work, but on its own this is not very helpful. Far more important is the whole report, which you should take time to look through. The highlighted sections of text will help you decide whether you have referenced them adequately, or whether you need to make changes to your work before submitting it.
Turnitin draft checker is located on the FMC tab on Brightspace
EndNote is a reference management software package that helps you organise and insert citations, references and bibliographies when researching and writing assignments and articles. For more information see our guide Managing your references using EndNote.