Why You Need to Reference
Staff and students of Unitec are responsible for acknowledging the sources they use when writing research articles, books, assignments and projects. You must acknowledge what you have read in order to avoid plagiarism, so that:
Following Chicago 17th style, there are two parts to acknowledging another's work within your own:
The School of Architecture at Unitec requires you to use Chicago Style 17th ed. for citations and references. Your lecturers will introduce you to Chicago referencing early in your studies.
Examples of citations and references using Chicago 17th Style are found in this guide.
Unitec considers plagiarism to be a serious academic offence. Unitec's Academic Statute 2005 (Part E. 1.01 (b)) defines plagiarism as "the act of taking and using another person's thoughts, ideas, writings, inventions or work as one's own without proper acknowledgement" and includes:
i. copying the work of another student;
ii. directly copying any part of another's work, including
information obtained from the internet;
iii. summarising another's work;
iv. using experimental results obtained by another"
If you are caught plagiarising, there are a range of disciplinary actions that can be taken against you from a reduced grade for the assignment to being excluded from any Unitec programme of study.
Take careful notes of where you find your information and always acknowledge the work of others, whether it be:
Remember to note down the details you will need to cite the information in your assignment. The details you need may differ depending on what bibliographic style your department requires, but the minimal information to record should include:
You may find it useful to use bibliographic management software like Zotero or Mendeley to manage your references and citations.