Answered By: Digital Library Services Team
Last Updated: Sep 25, 2017     Views: 252

It has a couple of meanings relating to libraries.

Book availability

If you see the word reference in the availability information for a book or journal, you may only use the item within the site library that stores it. It is not possible to reserve a reference item or ask to transfer it to another library site.

Referring to the work of others in your assignments or research

It is important to acknowledge the work of others if you have referred to it in your own work; if you do not, you can be accused of plagiarism. There are different ways of referring to the work of others in your work eg, you may cite the work of someone else in the main text of an assignment and provide a list of references at the end of the work. For more information about referencing use our referencing guide (link below).