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Plagiarism & Referencing

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the reproduction of someone else's work without proper attribution, or passing off someone else's work as if it was your own. In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. "Someone else's work" means anything that is not your own idea, even if it is presented in your own style. It includes material from books, journals or any other printed source, the work of other students or staff, and information from the internet including electronic material, designs and ideas.  It also includes the organisation or structuring of any such material. 


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A reference, or citation, is a short, formal indication of the source of information or quoted material. It is okay to quote and refer to other people's work as long as it is cited properly. The following document may help as a guide to correct referencing:

APA Referencing Guide 2014 (pdf 512 KB)



A bibliography is a list of sources used in preparing a work.

For help preparing a bibliography or creating a citation, try using the free online tools at


For further help and advice on referencing and bibliographies see our friendly library staff!


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