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Citations: Avoid plagiarism

About plagiarism

Plagiarism is the theft of ideas (such as the plots of narrative or dramatic works) or of written passages or works, where these are passed off as one’s own work without acknowledgement of their true origin; or a piece of writing thus stolen. 

Baldick, C. (2015). plagiarism. In C. Baldick. The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms. (4th ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.


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Cite your sources

Quoting, paraphrasing and summarising are different ways to include the ideas of others into your project.

  • Quoting passages allows you to share the specific words and phrases of another author. As a reader, one must not be in doubt as to where the quotation starts and where it ends, and the citation method must be consistent throughout your project. Quotes always end with a citation. 
  • Paraphrasing is a way to include information from other sources in your own writing, without directly quoting from the source itself. 
  • Summarising allows you to include a large body of information from a source without using too many quotations. 

Regardless of the form you choose, you always need to cite your sources. 

Reference list

Works referred to in the text must be listed in the reference list. Likewise, all documents listed in the reference list must appear as text references. A reference list is not a bibliography, referring to background literature and further reading.

Stop plagiarism

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