Large selection of resources
browse across a range of subjects
Free shareable & open access
available to staff and students
A peer reviewed study skills site
superb support network in the HE sector
What’s the point of referencing?
This post was originally added to Learnhigher on: 26th Feb, 2012
Activity time: 30 minutes
Types of media: Handout/s, PDF file
Student essay in response to a 2009 LearnHigher competition on 'What is the point of referencing?’. Together with a tutor commentary, the essay sets out and explores three for referencing: to construct, structure, support and communicate arguments; to link work to the existing
body of knowledge; and how referencing can add credibility to academic work.
Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0
(This resource can be freely repurposed and reused)
This information/resource was last updated in February 2012.
About this resource
Share this resource
You can read an essay submitted by a UK higher education student for an essay writing competition sponsored by LearnHigher. The set title was ‘What is the point of referencing?’ and there was a maximum word limit of 1,500 words.
- The essay is a good example of how academic writers can integrate their own views and experiences into an essay alongside referenced evidence from external sources.
- The essay is accompanied with tutor comment.
Looking to submit your own resource?
LearnHigher is a network for promoting and Learnhigher is a collaborative site offering effective peer
reviewed resources for university level study. To find out more on how to contribute a resource, follow the