Reference refers to the allusion of a given text with an aim of validating a given concept
among the scholars. There are many pieces of work that have been done various trustable authors
and can be used for reference purposes. Most of the authors whose works are referenced include
Socrates, Aristotle, Plato among many others. The authors came up with significant contributions to
the body of knowledge that have played an important role in teaching and informing. The use of
proper reference names is important because it enables the readers to understand that a
particular paper was written by a given author. It is also important because it represents
information that was brought forward by a given influential author with the influence of
society and giving the solutions that the people in the society are supposed to learn.
The reference of the proper names makes it easier for the people in the society to understand
the arguments presented. Many scholars like to deal with the articles and books that were
written by the popular scholars because it means that the work can be trusted for use in the
study as well as giving out instruction. There are cases where the references made are meant
to disregard the work done by a given author for instance, in 1957, Russel refuted the
augments made by Strawson because of the fact that he did not agree with them.
The other important thing is that the work done by the earlier scholars set precedence or a
foundation on which the other scholars can use to build the body of knowledge and improve
the knowledge that they have in a given field or topic. For instance, the current philosophers
will always get information from the articles that were written by popular philosophers such
as Socrates and Aristotle. The current philosophers do their best to ensure that the works that
they write are consistent with the ones that have been recorded in the history books.
Knowledge is a continuous process that should continue from to time. The best way to
understand what has been learnt with regards to a given topic is to assess literature that is
composed of the works that were done by several authors on a given topic.
Referencing the popular name in research plays an important role in validating the research,
which shows that the study that is being done has ever been done and findings are recorded in
literature. The people who are recognized in the research have made remarkable achievement
in the field of research, meaning that their contribution can be trusted. Such recognition also
plays an important role in encouraging the other people to take part in the research with the
hope that they will be recognized if they do good work that makes a good contribution in the
current field of study. Validated research will attract the attention of the other scholars
making the body of knowledge to improve even more for the benefit of society. Such
references also play an important role in validating the methodology used in the research.
The proper reference of the common names in research shows that a researcher is serious
about the work that he or she is doing, and he or she is ready to get the correct information
that will help in the study for the benefit of the future studies and future studies that will be
conducted by the same as well as the researchers that will take part in the study. It also helps
in dealing with the errors making sure that they do not alter the information on the current
study. It also helps in understanding the statistical information that is extant in the current
In conclusion, it is important to recognize the people that conducted a given study in many
types of research because it is standard practice and because it will play an important role in
improving the research that is already being done by a variety of the scholars. It also makes it
possible to ensure that the information collected is consistent with what was collected in the
past studies and that the future researches will follow the same precedence for the benefit of
the study as a whole as well as the accuracy of the information being collected.
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