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UG CamGuides: How do I reference and avoid plagiarism?

Establishing good academic practice from the start of your degree

What was in this section?

This section introduced the importance of writing references both in-text and at the end of a document. This helps academic staff to see where you have got your ideas from and what work is your own. This is crucial so that you avoid plagiarism: accidentally or deliberately passing off the work of another as your own. Remember that all advice here is generic, relevant in part to everyone, but you must find out the specific referencing style recommended by your department before submitting work with references.

The key skills we introduced in this section were:

  • Writing in-text references: knowing to put the author and year into the text, or inserting a footnote, when you refer to the work of others
  • Bibliographies and lists of references: knowing the difference between these
  • Writing a reference: knowing what information to include when referencing books, articles, websites and newspaper articles
  • Tools: having an awareness of free basic reference generators such as Zotbib and EasyBib and the more complex, but still free, reference management tools, Zotero, Mendeley and Endnote Online
  • Avoiding plagiarism: developing an awareness of what constitutes plagiarism, how to avoid it and where to go to get more information

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We hope that you found the information in this section useful and will return here during the course of your studies to remind yourself about some of the skills you will develop as a student in Cambridge.

You can download a checklist to tick off the pages you have covered, make a note of areas you wish to revisit, or highlight topics you have yet to engage with.

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