The act of representing another’s work or ideas as one’s own without appropriate acknowledgment or referencing.
What this means.
You MUST NOT copy large sections of work from a textbook, article or internet source such as Wikipedia. If you want to use the author’s exact words (this is rarely a good idea), you must give the proper reference. The use of essays bought from an essay bank is FORBIDDEN. You must acknowledge the work of others that you have used in your work. If you do not, you could be judged to have passed their work as your own. There are penalties attached to plagiarism as a form of cheating. Where you want to use someone else's writing, whether actual words or ideas, you need to acknowledge that fact by referencing, and guidance on how to reference correctly is given below.
There are two stages to adding references to an essay or assignment.
The first stage is referencing, that is, putting the basic details of the author’s work into the text of your essay. The second stage is preparing the list of citations, that is, giving the full details of the author’s work at the end of your essay.
The Harvard system of referencing is recommended. It is also known as the author-date method because the main means of indicating a reference to someone else's work in your text is to insert the author's surname and date in brackets. It also avoids the use of footnotes for providing bibliographical details, which detract the flow of the text. (Use footnotes sparingly for material not directly relevant to your main argument.)
Here are some examples of how you can reference your sources. The full details of the work cited can then be included in a bibliography at the end of your essay. (Guidance on writing citations follows these examples.)
Sometimes your instructor will tell you to add two lists, a list of References and a Bibliography. A bibliography will include more general works, for example encyclopedias (in book form or on-line), which you have used for background information.
In both cases, you must quote full details about the book or article you have used – this information is known as a ‘citation’. Here are some examples for use in lists of References and Bibliographies.
Surname, initials. (date). Title: subtitle. Edition. Place of publication, publisher.
Nickell, S.J. (1995), The Performance of Companies, Oxford, Blackwell.
Hintjens, H.M. and Newitt, M.D.D. (eds.) (1992), The Political Economy of Small Tropical Islands: The Importance of Being Small, Exeter, University of Exeter Press
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