How can referencing help you to avoid plagiarism?

Using the ideas, words and work of others and not referencing (acknowledging) the source is plagiarism. Plagiarism is a form of academic misconduct that has consequences. To avoid plagiarism you need to reference your information sources.

What is referencing?

Referencing refers to the academic practice of acknowledging the source of the ideas and information that you have used to write or construct your assignment.

In your academic writing, it is expected that you will use the ideas, words and works of others to support your own work. It is important that you do not suggest that this supporting information is your own, but instead you acknowledge that they are the ideas, words or work of someone else.

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