Academic referencing

From Teflpedia

Academic referencing is used in academic texts to indicate exophora to other texts.

The main purpose(s) of academic referencing can vary slightly depending on the genre, but typically include to:

  • Give the original author(s) credit for their own work
  • Validate arguments
  • Allow the reader check the original work
  • Demonstrate to the reader that you have read around the subject - particularly in essays.
  • Avoid plagiarism.

But note:

  • If an idea has become widely accepted to the point where audience familiarity is assumed, then it may be desirable not to reference it for sake of brevity.
  • It may be unclear what to cite, especially does one cite the first use of a term or the best explanation of that term?

To add to the confusion, a lot of style guides insist on giving extremely detailed technical explanations on how to format references, rather than making the more important content-based decision to include or exclude a particular reference.