Referencing WHY IT'S IMPORTANT AND HOW WE CAN HELP
Why do I need to reference?
There are lots of reasons why referencing is important...
- It enables your lecture to find the sources that you have used
- You will lose marks if you do not acknowledge you sources
- It demonstrates that you have read a wide range of opinions
- Good referencing will assist in avoiding plagiarism
- It enables your lecturer to check the accuracy of your information
WHAT IS PLAGARISM?
Plagiarism can be defined as using without acknowledgment another person's work and submitting it for assessment as though it were one's own work.
According to the university academic guide This includes:
- Use of any quotation(s) from the published or unpublished work of other persons which have not been clearly identified as such by being placed in quotation marks and acknowledged;
- Summarising another person's ideas, judgements, figures, software or diagrams without reference to that person in the text and the source in the bibliography;
- Use of unacknowledged material downloaded from the Internet.
THERE ARE LOTS OF DIFFERENT REFERENCING STYLES BUT THE TWO MOST COMMON STYLES YOU WILL USE IN SCIENCE ARE apa and vancouver
APA is an example of an Author-Date referencing style. It is a well documented and authoritative style, well suited to many disciplines.
We've produced the following APA guides to assist you:
The Vancouver style is a numeric system. Each reference is given a number as it first appears in the text. The number given becomes the unique identifier for that reference, and so if it is cited again later in the text, it will still have the same number.
Here's a link to our Vancouver referencing guide:
reference management software
You may want to consider using reference management software like EndNote.
EndNote is software which helps you to store your references and format them in Word. The online version is available from anywhere as long as you are a Swansea University student.
If you are a research postgrad it would be worth considering the software version of EndNote. You have to buy this for off campus use but it offers more options.
You can find out more about EndNote from our EndNote LibGuide page:
Your library team are here to help
Did you know that you have a dedicated library team, who can help with your referencing?
The Science library team are happy to answer questions via our team email firstname.lastname@example.org, or if you prefer we can meet with you for a one to one appointment. We'll also be holding pop up libraries throughout the year so please do feel free to come over, with any questions you have.
If you'd like to learn a little more about what we can do to help with your studies please watch our video below: