It is important when submitting an assignment that you acknowledge the source from where you obtained a particular piece of information. This can be statistical data, a diagram, a quotation or simply an argument or idea expressed in plain text. Please note that you can not write the complete essay simply based on your personal opinion or experience. While using the existing literature to argue in your essay or dissertation, it is compulsory to “cite” the study (paper, book or report) in the main text of your essay along with a list of “references” at the end. This ensures that the sources of your information and properly acknowledged.There are many ways of such acknowledgment; however the most popular method is Harvard Referencing.
A Guide on Harvard Referencing compiled by the Imperial College, London .