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Why you need to reference (Open Learning)

Why you need to reference : Objectives and Overview

These pages aim to help you understand why you need to reference in your assignments.


By the time you have completed this tutorial you should:

  • know what is meant by referencing
  • understand the reasons why we reference
  • know when to use references in your own writing


Referencing is identifying and listing all the sources you have referred to in your assignment.

Alternative formats

If you prefer to view this tutorial as either a Word document or as a video, select the Alternative Formats option from the left hand menu.

Time allowance

This tutorial should take 15 mins to complete.