Referencing is a system that enables you to accurately record in your assignments the authors and sources you have read and the ideas you have discovered. There are several important reasons why you need to reference correctly:
You need to provide a reference:
This applies to any source you use - books, journal articles, newspapers, government reports, archival material, websites, images or any other source of information.
Politics and International Relations students use the Harvard style of referencing. Check your module handbook or with your lecturer for information on the style used by your course.
You can also refer to the Westminster Harvard Guide for examples of referencing the main source types.