is very important to ensure that you have properly acknowledged your
sources in any material that you submit for assessment. Any argument,
quote, diagram or idea taken from a reference source or copied from
another student and included in your essay or assignment without acknowledgement
is termed plagiarism. If plagiarism is detected in an assignment,
that assignment will be failed and disciplinary action taken. Plagiarism
is regarded as a serious example of “academic misconduct”. The official
university policy on plagiarism is available at
Use of external
sources and references is an essential part of good scholarship,
and helps to add weight and authority to your essay or assignment.
It is vital, however, that all such sources be acknowledged accurately
and honestly. This applies whatever the source may be, whether printed,
stored on a CD or other medium, or found on the Internet. It is
also important to include your own thoughts and ideas. A good essay
or assignment does not consist solely of quotes from other sources,
but should include at least an interpretation and evaluation of
the information from those sources.
You can find
information on how to reference your work and how to avoid plagiarism
from the Learning Centre website:
Some brief notes follow.
be placed at the end of the essay (preferred), or at the foot of
the page, e.g.
“The State in Capitalistic Society” (London, Quartet Books, 1973),
Phys. Rev. Letts. 17, 4500 (1906).
If you are using
a direct quote from a book or article, it must be enclosed in quotation
marks, and the source identified, e.g.
theory has been attacked by Miliband  who argued “it cannot give
adequate account of the role of the state in advanced capitalistic
theory has been attacked (Miliband, 1973, p. 6), on the grounds
that “it cannot ..”. ..
[Note that with
this form of referencing the references at the end are usually ordered
reference to the same source need only include, e.g.
op. cit., p. 21.
reference to the same work immediately afterwards:
On the cover
sheet of your essay or assignment you should include a declaration
that the work is your own, and is properly referenced, and sign