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Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism
Referencing can seem a bit daunting at first, but don’t panic! The introductory tutorial below will help you feel a bit more confident. It will also give you some ideas about how to avoid plagiarism and use techniques such as paraphrasing.
Referencing gets easier the more you do it, but if you still feel you need help after looking at the following resources then email email@example.com or Ask a librarian (Ask a librarian is available 5pm – 9am)
Most courses, at the University of Cumbria, use the Harvard system of referencing contained in Cite them right 10th edition. This book is your key to referencing and can be accessed / purchased here:
Download our Quick Guide to Referencing for examples of how to reference some of the more common types of sources.
If you are studying Psychology (APA), English (MHRA) or Law (OSCOLA) click here to find guidance on their referencing styles.
Referencing online tutorial (open in a full screen window)
Plagiarism and malpractice online tutorial (open in a full screen window)
APA – American Psychological Association
MHRA – Modern Humanities Research Association
OSCOLA – Oxford University Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities
The University uses Turnitin for the electronic submission of assignments. Turnitin is also a plagiarism software which will check your work for matches against other materials in its database. You can use this software yourself, to check your work and avoid inadvertent plagiarism. To do this go to the Turnitin section in the skills@cumbria tab on Blackboard, where you will be able to submit your assignments.
More information about Turnitin
Refworks is an online reference management software that is available from the Eresources pages. It helps you to collect your references and to create your reference list in the correct format.
A Getting started with Refworks guide is available.
If you have any queries about referencing please email firstname.lastname@example.org.