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Power and politics in referencing

Referencing refresher

Top tips for referencing

  • Whether you quote the words of the original source, or use your own words, in all cases you need to give a reference to where the idea or information came from.

  • Paraphrase your sources where possible to show you understand them well enough to write about in your own words and help you avoid plagiarism

  • Be systematic in notes and drafts about where the ideas have come from to avoid plagiarism and to make reference checking in the final draft easy
  • Learn the art of referencing early or even cite while you write (don’t leave it until the last minute!)