The two most important aspects of using source material are firstly, to use it in an intelligent, critical and fair manner, and secondly, to make it easy for your reader to see when you are using it. In-text references and reference reminder phrases that show clearly all the switches between you and your source material are vital, and we have looked at how to do this in Part B of this book. The smaller more ‘surface’ aspects of referencing (such as punctuation and font type) are much less important, and getting these right does not necessarily mean that you are referencing effectively. However, you might still lose a few marks if you make a lot of mistakes with referencing technicalities, and so this chapter contains examples of student writing that contain such errors, to help you develop your awareness and skill in checking and correcting your own work.
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