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Referencing and Plagiarism

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Plagiarism

Our online tutorial ‘Promoting Academic Integrity’ helps you to understand what plagiarism is and explains how to avoid plagiarism by correctly citing, referencing and paraphrasing other people’s work. It features a variety of learning activities including video interviews, interactive practice exercises and scenarios, and multiple choice quizzes to test your knowledge. There are links to real-life stories about students, academics and public figures who have plagiarised. The resource bank also provides access to a wealth of materials from other universities as well as Leeds Beckett University.

The tutorial can be accessed in the Assessment section of your modules in MyBeckett.

Plagiarism is the term used for passing off other people's work as your own.  This includes material from any sources, whether printed, electronic or audio-visual. Plagiarism is taken very seriously in the academic community and is regarded as serious misconduct.

Most cases of plagiarism are unintentional and occur because of errors or omissions in referencing.  Skills for Learning provides guidance on avoiding plagiarism through proper referencing and careful note-taking.

Follow these links to get information on the following topics within the Skills for Learning website (you will need your standard Username and Password to access them off-campus):

The Little Book of Academic Intergrity is a booklet, published by Leeds Beckett University, which is designed to help students understand what plagiarism is, and how to avoid it. You will need your standard Username and Password to access it off-campus.

Avoiding plagarism podcast from Skills for Learning

  • How exactly would you define plagarism? Skills for Learning staff, Karen Croft and Maria Kulas, talk to a student about what is meant by the term plagarism and how to avoid committing plagarism in your own work.

You will need your standard Username and Password to access off-campus.

  • View our video designed to help you learn to reference correctly and avoid plagiarism

Do you plagiarise? 

  • Take our interactive quiz to find out.

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Referencing

Accurate referencing of all the sources of information you use in your assignments is vital for getting good marks.  The standard for the majority of courses at Leeds Beckett University is Harvard referencing, sometimes known as author-date referencing.

These are several comprehensive reference management tool for undergraduates which may help you with referencing correctly. They can search and import references for books, journal articles and other sources from databases, save PDFs, work with Word to insert citations and automatically generate bibliographies or reference lists. With any research tool you will need to spend some time learning how to use the programme. Tools you may wish to consider using are Cite This For Me, EndNote Basic, Zotero or Mendeley. If you simply want to reference an information source but do not wish to store it in a Library, the Cite function in Word or Discover may be the right tool for you. Before choosing a reference management tool, you should make sure you have a basic understanding of referencing. If in doubt, remember to refer to Quote, Unquote

While Leeds Beckett University does not endorse any free products, there is support for the use of Endnote Online and there are several free web-based tools you might prefer.

If you need help choosing a tool or setting up a service, contact your Academic Librarian.

The Open University has produced a useful video on the different referencing software options available.

Follow these links to get information on the following topics within the Skills for Learning website (you will need your standard Username and Password to access them off-campus).

Quote, Unquote (PDF guide) a guide to Harvard referencing

 

 

  • Click to view a PDF version of Quote, Unquote on the Skills for Learning Website.
  • Printed copies are available from the Library Help and Information Point for £3.

You will need your standard Username and Password to access off-campus.

Quote, Unquote (online guide) a guide to Harvard referencing

  • Click to view the online version of Quote, Unquote on the Skills for Learning Website. This contains a useful A-Z list of reference examples.
  • Printed copies are available from the Library Help and Information Point for £3.

You will need your standard Username and Password to access Quote, Unquote off-campus.

Check your referencing skills

  • Work through some examples of citations and references from a student assignment and check if they are correct or not.

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Quote Unquote

Skills for Learning provide information on the Harvard referencing system, including how to reference a variety of different formats and media.

Their guide, 'Quote Unquote' is available online or as a pdf, or buy your own copy from the Library for £3.

A short introductory guide is also available online or in print in the Library.