When you have used an idea from a book, journal article etc., you must acknowledge this in your text and add a reference list or bibliography at the end of your work.
Always check referencing advice given by your department in student handbooks or with lecturers if in doubt, as some conventions may vary. If you do not acknowledge another writer's work or ideas, you could be accused of plagiarism. Accurate referencing can improve your marks! Referencing is commensurate with good academic practice and enhances the presentation of your work.
Plagiarism means using the words, work or ideas of others and passing them off as your own, failure to reference properly can lead to claims of plagiarism. Plagiarism is not only something that is taken seriously at University, but also in the real world. For more information on avoiding plagiarism, see the Referencing Subject Guide.
To find out how to reference television programmes, DVD commentaries, audio recordings; clips; trailers; adverts; podcasts more more, download this guide from the BUFVC, or contact your information consultant for further help.