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What is referencing?

Referencing is the way in which you:

a. Acknowledge the sources (articles, books, data) you have used in writing your dissertation

b. Enable the reader of your dissertation to easily identify and access your source documents in order to verify the validity of your arguments and the evidence on which they are based


Why is referencing important?

Referencing is important because:

a. It helps you to avoid accusations of plagiarism

The quotation of any facts, figures, theories and theorums without accrediting their original source is plagiarism.

b. Good referencing can help you to obtain better marks

By referring to the works of authorities in your subject area you can add weight to your arguments and demonstrate that you have read widely.


How are sources referenced?

Further information on referencing for economists may be found in the Economics Referencing LibGuide.


2. The Marshall Library

The Marshall Library maintains a collection of books covering a wide variety of student study skills. Those relating to referencing and the avoidance of plagiarism are shown below:

Cite them right Complete guide to referencing Referencing and understanding plagiarism

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