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What is referencing?

Well, put simply referencing is acknowledging the source of information or ideas you have employed in your writing.

What requires referencing?

  • Somebody else's words or ideas from a magazine, book, newspaper, song, TV program, movie, Web page, computer program, letter, advertisement, or any other medium.

  • Information gained through interviewing another person.

  • Exact words or a "unique phrase" from somewhere.

  • Diagrams, illustrations, charts, and pictures.

  • Ideas that others have given you in conversations or over email.

What is plagiarism?

  • The use of other people's ideas and writing without acknowledgement.

  • Plagiarism involves taking another person's ideas, words or inventions and presenting them as your own.

  • Rewording another person's work, without acknowledging its source, is also plagiarism.