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Acknowledging sources

This section explains why it is important to reference your sources when writing.

Why acknowledge sources?

We acknowledge sources using referencing conventions:

  • to show that we have done the information-gathering work expected of us.
  • to enable readers to understand and evaluate the ideas and information we are presenting.
  • to give proper credit to others for their information and ideas.
  • to recognise the contribution others have made to the understandings we have acquired through our research and reading.

A note on plagiarism

You may be tempted to think that the words of others will impress your reader far more than your own words. However, plagiarising the ideas, perspectives or work of someone else will have the opposite effect.

Plagiarising shows the academic community you are writing for, that you:

  • have not necessarily understood what you have read.
  • have not necessarily been able to interpret particular material you have read in relation to other material.
  • have not been able to develop your own arguments in your own words.
  • do not respect the intellectual property of others.
  • have not observed the rules and protocols of the academic community.

The University has clear policies and procedures on academic honesty and plagiarism.

These will be applied where plagiarism is suspected or proven and may result in severe consequences.

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