Referencing is a vital part of the academic writing process. It allows you to:
- acknowledge the contribution that other authors have made to the development of your arguments and concepts.
- inform your readers of the sources of quotations, theories, datasets etc that you've referred to, and enable them to find the sources quickly and easily themselves.
- demonstrate that you have understood particular concepts proposed by other writers while developing your own ideas.
- provide evidence of the depth and breadth of your own reading on a subject.