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Your assignments should result from your own hard work and they need to show academic integrity. That said, your work is not limited to just your views and opinions. Instead, it should be developed by thinking about ideas put forward by others.

Be honest about anyone else's ideas that you have used or mentioned in your work and acknowledge these sources clearly. This practice is referred to as citing or referencing and it is crucial to maintaining academic integrity.

Whenever you directly copy the words of another author (quoting) or put their ideas into your own words (paraphrasing) you must acknowledge that you have done so. This practice helps to:

  • substantiate the knowledge and theories that you present in your work
  • show that you have researched your material, and that the ideas you present have been considered in light of documented material on the subject
  • demonstrate that you have read a range of sources
  • allow your readers to identify and retrieve your sources for their own use
  • avoid plagiarism.

    Go to the 
    English Language for Academic Study Canvas site for more information about referencing, paraphrasing, summarising and quoting.




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