Plagiarism constitutes the majority of academic ethics violations

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Page 2 Student Handbook on Referencing
Drawing from credible
sources leads to
increased credibility of
your ideas.
Acknowledging how the scholarship of others has contributed to your work is necessary to maintain both academic and professional integrity. According to Turabian (2007, 133), referencing Properly attributes words and ideas to their owners. People deserve acknowledgment for their words and ideas. Proper referencing assures that you sufficiently provide this acknowledgment. Failure to acknowledge the ways in which others have contributed to your work is analogous to stealing in the academic realm. Enhances the credibility of your arguments. It is not only important to be accurate in the content of your work, but also to correctly indicate from where the content came. Proper referencing of content allows readers to judge the quality of your sources that have informed your work. Drawing from credible sources leads to increased credibility of your ideas. Provides readers with a background into your area of interest. By providing readers with a complete and accurate portrayal of the sources you have consulted in your work, you provide them with insight into the range of sources that deal with your topic area and how your work is linked to the published literature in your area of interest. Advances your field of inquiry. Referencing provides readers with information to pursue other avenues of investigation in the same field. Researchers often formulate future endeavors based on previous scholarship, and your work combined with the references you used to develop your work may serve as a catalyst for others to explore further issues in the field that need to be addressed.
Why Do We Reference Sources
Four Good Reasons
In addition to these reasons, as mentioned above, proper referencing is your best defense against charges of plagiarism.

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