Academic Integrity

Why should I reference?

Accurate and adequate referencing will help you to avoid accusations of plagiarism. However, there are other very important reasons to demonstrate good academic practice in all your coursework and academic undertakings, including exams.

Referencing means that:

  • your arguments will be clearly supported by evidence
  • you can use your own sources for further research in the future
  • your work will be more convincing
  • your reader can find your sources
  • your lecturer can see how widely you have read and whether you fully understand the work
  • your work will reflect expected academic values and good academic practice.

Good academic practice is based on the concept of honesty with respect to the intellectual efforts of yourself and others. To ensure that your work is fairly judged, it ought to reflect your ability.

  • Tutors do not expect a stage 1 undergraduate to produce an essay that resembles a research paper
  • However, all students are required to accurately cite all sources used in the text and also to give full bibliographic references in the bibliography or reference list.


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Last Updated: 25/10/2012