At a specialised university institution the correct use of
source references is a requirement in all academic work.
references gives the author the opportunity to share knowledge and
compare sources. References must state what is your own contribution
and what is that of others. This way information and quotes can
be checked and substantiated. A good reference manner is a way of guarding against plagiarism, as well as showing the reasoning of the author.
There are many ways of setting up references. The Research Committee at BI Norwegian Business
School decided in the spring 1999 to recommend a common reference standard for all student assignments at BI. In this, all references with a single "author - year" reference
are given in the text and a corresponding list of literature is put at the end of the
The reference must give information that is comprehensive enough for the reader
to be able to look up that specific quote. The source should be given
both in the assignment text (reference in the text) and in a separate list of literature at the
end of the assignment.
Read more about use of citing and reference techniques in the library web pages. At www.bi.edu/library you will also find other useful information about source referencing (online courses etc).