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English and Creative Writing: Referencing, Plagiarism & Copyright

Citing and referencing is an important part of the academic writing process and an element of your overall mark will go towards the quality of your referencing.

Whenever you use ideas, quotes or other material, for example images and raw data, you must acknowledge both in the text (citation) and at the end of your work (reference list). You do this:

  • To acknowledge the work of others and avoid plagiarism
  • To demonstrate you have read at an appropriate academic level
  • To demonstrate you have gathered credible quality sources of information to support your ideas and arguments
  • To allow your reader to locate the material you have use

The main style used at Plymouth is the Harvard style and the library provides an online tool called Cite them right online to help you understand how to reference all the types of material you are likely to encounter.