Correct referencing is important for a number of reasons:
- Avoids inadvertent plagiarism.
- Demonstrates a range of reading.
- Allows others to check your sources, follow up information, evaluate your interpretation.
- Shows courtesy in recognising the contribution of other scholars.
- Demonstrates engagement with the scholarly community.
There are a number of referencing systems - consult your STUDY GUIDE or STUDENT HANDBOOK for the system used on your course.
The link below provides information, tutorials and further links for each system:
The site below is one of many that will format your reference information for you. This is quite a laborious way of styling your references correctly, but will give you an idea of what a reference should look like:
The following site includes sections providing guidance on footnotes:
To insert a footnote using Microsoft Word:
Go to ‘Insert', 'Reference', ‘footnote', or click on the AB1 icon on the tool bar.