Arts University Bournemouth Referencing
Plagiarism is the practice of passing-off someone else’s work as your own, or using someone else’s work without acknowledgement.
Whilst it is an accepted part of academic study to research the ideas of others to develop your own understanding and arguments, it is essential to acknowledge your sources in presenting work for assessment.
You must credit the author when you:
- Quote or refer to words or ideas taken from a book, magazine, newspaper, song, TV programme, film, web page, letter, or any other source,
- Reproduce diagrams, pictures or illustrations, and
- Use information gained by interviewing somebody.
Please watch this video; it nicely sums up the idea of avoiding plagiarism.
You should now understand that plagiarism is the representation of someone else’s words or ideas as your own, and that this is a serious academic offence.
So, when you write your own piece of work you must give credit to the sources, written or produced by others, which you have used or consulted. This will demonstrate the breadth of your research and enable others to trace the knowledge that has informed your work.
Keeping accurate records of the sources you have consulted throughout your research will make the job of constructing your reference list much easier.
The only times that you do not need to acknowledge a source is when you are writing about your own experiences, observations or conclusions, or when you are using common knowledge.
Citing Other People’s Work
Crediting the work of others in your own work is done by referencing, or making citations. The Library referencing guide will help you with this and with constructing a list of sources used, known as a reference list.
The Harvard referencing system uses the name and a date of a publication to link in-text citations to sources recorded in a reference list.