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 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:
How can I acknowledge my sources?
You may want to include parts of someone else’s work in your assignment. This might be:
If you use any of these from someone else’s work, you will need to create references with information such as the title, author and publication date in your assignment. The details you need may differ depending on what referencing style your course requires.
There are two parts to acknowledging another's work within your own:
Note: Please contact the Academic Development Lecturers (ADL) if you have enquiry.
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: