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 is using the words, work or ideas of others and passing them off as your own. Plagiarism is not only something that is taken seriously at University, but also in the real world. This section will give you practical advice about plagiarism and how to avoid it at University, but importantly will equip you with the knowledge and skills to take into your career.