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Top tips from this week

Top tips from week 6.
Student writing notes in a lecture
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Top tips from this week.

  • Plagiarism is where you take someone else’s words or ideas and do not acknowledge where they come from.

  • To plagiarise work is not only discrediting another academic, but it is also depriving you as the writer the opportunity to better your skills.

  • To avoid plagiarising others, when you’re using images, words, or arguments that originate from somewhere else it is important that the reader knows who said it and when they said it. This forms the basis of referencing.

  • It’s important to remember that it is not only the use of a direct quote that needs to be referenced, but the ideas that have been expressed by the author.

  • Exactly how a reference is written in a text depends on the discipline you are in. Material is referred to differently, for example, in the humanities compared to sciences. There are also alternative methods of referencing within each discipline. Don’t worry, your university will tell you what style of referencing you will need to use.

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