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Referencing & Plagiarism: Welcome

What is referencing?

Referencing: When you use an idea or information from another source, e.g.. from a book, journal, film, image or sound recording, etc. you must acknowledge where you got this information. Acknowledging the work of other people in your own work is referencing. See the Referencing tab above for help on how to reference.

Plagiarism:  If you do not acknowledge where you got the information from, e.g. you directly copy or sumarise (or paraphrase) someone else's work without referencing, then this is plagiarism. Plagiarism is a serious academic offence.  The University punishes it as cheating. For more information see the Plagiarism tab above. 

When used correctly referencing gets you better marks because it:

  • Adds weight to your discussion and arguments
  • Demonstrates you understand the key issues in your subject 
  • Shows your ability to evaluate and critically apply this understanding to your work
  • Evidence that you have been reading around your subject
  • Enables others to find your references easily.

Understanding Referencing & Plagiarism workshops

Are you worried about plagiarism and referencing? Not sure how to use Turnitin?

The workshops will tackle

  • What plagiarism is and what it isn’t
  • How to avoid it by referencing properly
  • Using & understanding Turnitin

Find the next Understanding Referencing & Plagiarism workshop

Finding help

Referencing Style Guides

Cite them Right Online is the standard source of information for citation and referencing.  Please use this unless you are studying one of the subjects listed below.

RefWorks: reference management software

Other reference management software

Only RefWorks is supported by Middlesex University Library, so if you haven't decided what to use, please look at RefWorks first.

Alternatives you may wish to use are: