When writing assignments, you are expected to acknowledge the sources of information you use e.g. journals, books, videos or the web, within the text and also as a bibliography (an alphabetical list of sources at the end of your assignments). This demonstrates that you have researched the subject, considered others’ opinions, validated your arguments and drawn your own conclusions, while also enabling the reader to locate where you got the information from. By acknowledging sources of information, you are also avoiding plagiarism (presenting someone else’s work as your own), which can be illegal. It is important that you check with your HE institution which referencing standard they accept, e.g. Harvard, OSCOLA, Chicago, MLA.