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:
It's really important to learn how to reference your work properly. A good piece of coursework is full of references to work that's been done by others before you, so good referencing habits will get you great marks. There are two parts to referencing:
There are many different referencing styles. The most commonly style used at Middlesex University is Harvard. For detailed information on how to cite and reference, please have a look at Cite Them Right basics.