Referencing is a method of acknowledging the sources you have used in writing your thesis or essay. All research builds on the works of others, and by referencing you show how your work relates and contributes to the knowledge community.
Since referencing is a key element to academic writing, it is important that you reference correctly, meaning that you clearly state your sources when you write a text. When referencing, you support your reasoning and strengthen your arguments, which helps to make your text credible. Furthermore, providing details about the works you use in your text, assists the reader who may want to study your subject further. Referencing is also very important with regard to academic honesty: you make it clear to the reader which are your own and which are someone else’s arguments and ideas. Using another person’s ideas without referencing is considered to be plagiarism, which is unacceptable.