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Referencing

Introduction to Referencing

Why?

  • To show where your information came from
  • To allow your reader to identify your sources and verify your data
  • To show the extent of your research
  • To strengthen your academic argument
  • To avoid plagiarism

When?

  • Quote using someone else's exact words
  • Paraphrase or summarise what they said
  • Use their idea
  • Use an image or diagram 

What?

  • Books
  • Journal articles
  • Web sites
  • Reports
  • Anything you have referred to in your academic work

A guide for referencing and avoiding plagiarism

 

 Tutorial: Introduction to Referencing

 

Includes a referencing module to develop your referencing skills

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is passing off someone else’s ideas as your own. If you don’t know when to cite and reference the sources you have used, you may be guilty of plagiarism without realising it. If you keep a record of where you find your information, then it will be easy to find the details when you need to reference your work.

For more information on plagiarism please refer to the University Policy for Dealing with Plagiarism, Collusion and Fabrication of Data.