What is the purpose of the Reference section?

The BIG Idea Competition has always had a strong position against plagiarism; part of our mission is to spur creativity. Likewise, our judges are interested in knowing how students come up with their ideas. The Reference section allows  students to share what inspired their idea by listing any research, articles, personal experiences or other sources used in creating their entries while also giving appropriate credit to sources.  BIG Idea does not require a particular citation style but suggests URL’s for internet sources and title, author, date, publication for others.