Why reference your work?

Any work that you produce should be your own opinions and conclusions. It is important to demonstrate that you have researched a topic and can also show the basis of your arguments and conclusions. Also by correctly referencing you lend credibility to your work and allow a reader to follow up your references and check the validity of your arguments for themselves.

Why reference your source?

Reference to your source is a way to acknowledge the contribution that others have made to your work. When you directly quote from, paraphrase, summarise or refer to work produced by another it is essential that you acknowledge that you have done so. This includes the use of texts, images, data and anything not solely your own work.

How do I reference online resources?

Electronic sources such as WWW pages, electronic databases and electronic journals are cited in the text in much the same way as traditional print sources, with the exception of page numbers. : If no author is listed for an electronic source use the name of the web page to list the reference as you would for any other anonymous source:

Author, Editor, Year of Publication (i.e. year when web page was created, if known), Title (in italics or underlined), [Medium - usually 'Online'], Edition, Place of Publication, Publisher (if ascertainable or the organisation responsible for providing and maintaining the information), available URL (in the format: http://internet address/remote path) and the Date Source was Accessed [in square brackets].

What is plagiarism?

"The practice of using someone else's idea or work and pretending that you thought of it or created it." (Collins English Dictionary)” Plagiarism can occur by accident due to a lack of understanding of how to reference properly. Plagiarism also occurs when you re-word someone else’s ideas in your own work and you do not give credit to the original source.

What is copyright © ?

The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 is designed to protect the creator of original work from either moral or economic exploitation. It prevents anyone other than the copyright owner copying, publishing, adapting or performing a work, except under special circumstances.