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.
Sociology students use the Harvard style of referencing. Check the Sociology Red book for detailed information on referencing.
You can also refer to the Westminster Harvard Citation and Referencing Guide for examples of referencing the main source types.