Writing References

Why should you reference?

  1. When you write a paper or a report you must clearly show which are your own ideas and what you have taken from others. If you use other people´s material you must clearly state the source, otherwise you are plagiarizing. 
  2. By citing other people´s material you give support and render credibility to your own arguments and ideas.
  3. Always assume there is an interest for your readers to read more about your subject matter. Correctly written references gives your readers easy access to your sources.
  4. Required for academic writing.

Short videos showing you how you create a proper reference: "Referencing. How does it work?"
made by Eva Norling and Anna Stockman at BTH
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Which reference system should you use?

There are many ways to reference and write reference lists depending on the reference system being used. Find out which reference system your department or program uses.

Common reference systems