While it may not be so important in some cultures to document sources of words, ideas, images, sounds, etc. in Australian culture it is. Failing to document sources correctly can result in a charge of plagiarism and have severe consequences.
When presenting ideas developed from researching and analysing existing knowledge you must acknowledge the sources of that knowledge so that:
References are required whenever you cite words, information or ideas which are not your own. This includes:
You are not required to reference common knowledge.
Other styles include Harvard, APA and Chicago. Examples of how to use these styles are available through the Citing and Referencing Library Guide and the Library online tutorial on Demystifying Citing and Referencing.