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Referencing is the acknowledgement of information sources in your work. It's how you give credit to the original owner of an idea, piece of writing or creative work.
Importance of referencing
By referencing your work correctly, you'll save time, avoid plagiarism, and not lose any marks in assignments. You must also reference to:
allow the reader to source the information and be able to read further
give your work credibility and reliability
make it very clear to the reader that you are not trying to pretend that the ideas are your own
give the reader confidence in your writing by letting them know where you obtained your information and indicating that you have thoroughly checked your facts
Academic Writing Support
Your home institution has specific arrangements in place to assist students in preparing assessment materials and improving writing skills. Check with your lecturer for further details about particular arrangements from St Marks or United Theological College or other partner institutes.
This method of referencing is preferred for courses taught by the School of Theology. Ensure that your references are included in the correct format.The Chicago Manual of Style Online is the indispensable source for this referencing style.
Available online as an ebook, and also located in the reference collection at St Marks Library REF BU9 C532
The Chicago Manual of Style Online is the venerable, time-tested guide to style, usage, and grammar in an accessible online format. ¶ It is the indispensable reference for writers, editors, proofreaders, indexers, copywriters, designers, and publishers, informing the editorial canon with sound, definitive advice.