Referencing ensures that you can demonstrate how your ideas build upon the research of others. If someone is reading your assignment, they should be able to use your referencing to find the sources you have used in your assignment. Most assignments during your time at University will be assessed on the quality of your referencing which will count towards your grade. Correct referencing helps to ensure that you avoid being accused of plagiarism
Plagiarism is the act of using or copying someone else's work and pretending that you thought of it or created it. In order to avoid suspicion of plagiarism it is important to make appropriate use of references.
If you are in doubt about what plagiarism is and how to avoid it you should consult your tutor and read the University's code of practice on academic misconduct