Referencing systems are the best way to avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism consists of presenting another person's words, research, or ideas as if they were your own. Any part of your work that is plagiarised cannot contribute to your mark. Therefore, the more of your essay that is plagiarised, the harder it is for you to get good marks for your work.
There is nothing wrong with using the ideas of other writers, but it is necessary to show when you have done so through an academic referencing system.
Different schools used different systems of referencing. This guide uses the APA Referencing System. Take the time to learn the requirements of the system. The more you practice, the more it will become ‘second-nature’ to you.
There are three ways you can reference sources:
Many primary sources are not in written form and trying to describe them in an essay is difficult. This can often occur when you are referring to a particular building or artefact. In these cases, providing an image of the source is helpful for the reader.