Goal statement: § Referencing allows you to acknowledge and to give credit for the contribution of other writers and researcher in your work. It also strengthens your arguments by the use of good quality resources. RATIONALE I discovered that I have a problem with referencing on my assignments this is the reason why I make referencing a priority to work on. I lost many marks because of failing to provide proper referencing as instructed by my tutor and that puts me at a risk of plagiarism. It is very important to acknowledge the ideas of other writers that I use to support my work. Proper referencing is another way of giving credit to the writer from whom I have borrowed supportive information in my work and this information remains intellectual property for the owner. Good referencing is not only for my academic results, it is also helpful in my career as a nurse in dealing with other people. In health industry research is an ongoing process of looking for the best solutions available locally or abroad for the best care of our patients and we have to acknowledge that information (Hamer and Collinson 1999 p.4). This process helps to constantly improve and validate nursing care. We will be attending educational programs which require us to report to the nursing board as part of our ongoing learning so proper referencing will help us. Research is the only way we can maintain our professional knowledge and competence which in turn will allow us to deliver care based on current evidence, best practice and, where applicable and available, validated research. We must be competent enough to develop an understanding of the research process and demonstrate an ability to retrieve and critically assess research findings. To prove my achievement of the goal I am going to show the comments from my last semester assignment and compare them with the ones for this semester. STRATEGIES * I have to plan my work in advance and manage time effectively. This is one of the reasons why I did not do my referencing well, last minute rush. I have to cut on activities that do not help to improve my studies. * I have to use proper referencing guide so that I will not misguide myself and also to note down all the details for each source throughout my research. This will help me to compile a reference list or bibliography. * I have to utilize all the relevant resources provided by the institute to help me with my studies like ups classes, HELPS, the library even asking my tutors on the areas I meet some difficulties. * I will also make sure that I choose productive environment for studying where there is no distractions like library go over my lecture notes from time to time, revising. * I have to stop relying on cramming because it leads to remembering things incorrectly or not at all, it is best to understand the concepts. The importance of understanding is to help us to critically analyze and apply research which is vital when so much rests on professional ability and accountability. * I also to indulge in a reading habit to help my comprehension on how the journal articles are written and familiarizing myself with a variety of sources of information. The best way to make sure that reference accurately is to keep a record of all the sources you used when reading and researching for an assignment. * I also have to join some study groups where we can share ideas, but that way I will be able to improve my studying skills and referencing as well.