Referencing is a standard method of acknowledging the sources of information you have consulted in compiling your assignment. Anything – words, figures, graphs, theories, ideas, facts, images – originating from another source and used in your assignment must be referenced (i.e. acknowledged).
In your assignment (e.g. essay, seminar paper, dissertation, project, etc.) you must provide the reader with precise information pertaining to every source referred to in your written work or consulted as part of your research.
Referencing is a vital part of academic research and writing. There are several reasons why it is so important, some of which are listed below:
Widely known information or facts such as names, events, and/or dates do not always have to be referenced. This is known as common knowledge.
For example, it is commonly known that Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the Moon in 1969, thus there is no need to cite or reference such a statement in your work.
If you are in doubt over whether or not something is common knowledge, cite it!
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