Answered By: Jennifer Winterburn
Last Updated: 02 Aug 2018

Getting good marks for your assignment, whether it is an essay, a report or a dissertation, depends on many things including the citing and referencing of all the sources you have consulted. Don’t lose marks through poor or careless referencing. In academia we reference for a number of reasons:

  • Your reader can see where your ideas have come from.
  • Referring to experts in your subject area gives your writing authority.
  • It proves you have researched the topic properly.
  • Your tutors can check any of the sources themselves, if they need to.

Most importantly, good referencing should protect you from any possibility of committing plagiarism.

Plagiarism is a term used in universities for passing off other people's ideas as your own. This includes ideas from any sources, written, internet or audio-visual media, even ideas from other students or members of staff.

Plagiarism is the substantial, unacknowledged, incorporation in a student’s work of material derived from the work (published or unpublished) of another. “Work” includes, but is not limited to, materials in all formats and sources including print, electronic, online, audio visual etc.

Leeds Beckett University (2018) Academic regulations [Online]. Leeds: Leeds Beckett University. Available from: <http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/-/media/files/academic-regs-new/general/full-set-of-academic-regulations-201819.pdf/> [Accessed 2 August 2018].