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Last Updated: Feb 25, 2020    

When writing assignments or papers, you must acknowledge the source of your ideas and quotes in sufficient detail so that readers can locate the item. Referencing is important to avoid plagiarism, to verify quotations and to enable readers to follow up what you have written and locate the cited work.

When you directly quote from others, paraphrase or summaries others’ ideas and thoughts, use data, tables or charts from others, or even reusing some parts of your own previous works, you will have to provide the references.