Why acknowledge my sources?
Staff and students are responsible for acknowledging the sources used when writing research articles, books, assignments and projects. You must acknowledge what you have read so that:
What is Plagiarism?
Unitec considers plagiarism a serious academic offence. Unitec's Student Disciplinary Statute 2020 (Appendix 1, section 3) defines plagiarism as "using others’ ideas or work and presenting these as one’s own without acknowledgement of the source". This may include, but is not limited to:
Consequences of Plagiarism
If you are caught plagiarising, there are a range of disciplinary actions that can be taken against you, from an oral or written warning to being excluded from any Unitec programme of study.
How do I avoid plagiarism?
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:
There are two parts to acknowledging another's work within your own:
You may find it useful to use bibliographic management software like Mendeley or Zotero to manage your references and citations. Talk to your Subject Librarian for more information on these options.
There are many styles of referencing. APA and Chicago are most commonly used at Unitec. Others are MLA, Harvard and Vancouver. Once you begin using a referencing style in a paper, you must use it consistently throughout.
For more information, see these style guides:
Reference Management guides
You may find reference management software useful for keep track of a large number of citations. Within this software you can maintain your own personal library of references and insert correctly formatted references into your documents.
See these guides for more information:
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