Referencing is the process of acknowledging others’ work, words, or ideas when using them to produce one’s own work. Referencing is particularly important when writing an academic paper to avoid plagiarism. Referencing can help add credibility to the arguments used to support one’s ideas or statements. References could include books, research articles, websites, or interviews. Any content that isn’t original, regardless of type, must be referenced. This could be an image, a video, a quote, an idea, an illustration, data, or even a piece of music. There are many referencing styles followed. Every university or academic journal follows a different style. Some examples of referencing styles are APA style and MLA style.​


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