Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism

Referencing is an important pragmatic skill that you will develop throughout your studies. Whether your course requires you to use the Harvard, APA, or OSCOLA style, these resources can help you understand and apply the principles of citation. Most plagiarism isn’t the result of malicious malpractice – rather, it occurs accidentally, and is usually caused by poor or incomplete referencing. However, accidental plagiarism is still plagiarism, and you should make use of these resources to avoid this. 

Referencing Guides:

Arden Harvard 

AU Complete Harvard Guide

AU Short Harvard Guide

The Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) 

OSCOLA Referencing Guide

OSCOLA Citing International Law

American Psychological Association (APA)  

APA Referencing Guide


Other Resources:

Referencing Mini Modules

Reading List

 

Workshops:

Understanding Plagiarism 

The Understanding Plagiarism workshop starts a discussion about academic integrity and good academic practice. It will introduce you to some of the reasons why referencing will be such an important part of your academic journey and how best to maintain academic integrity so that you can avoid plagiarism. Understanding Plagiarism will introduce you to the basics of referencing, but for a more in-depth look at referencing, please also attend one of the specific referencing sessions. 

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Harvard Referencing 

The Harvard referencing workshop gives an overview of some of the most common referencing conventions seen in Harvard referencing. Referencing correctly is key to good academic practice. This workshop focuses on Arden University (AU) Harvard, in-text citations and how to construct some of the most common types of bibliographic citations. It will also highlight how to best make use of the referencing guides that are available and answer any referencing questions that you might be having difficulty with.   

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APA Referencing  

The APA referencing workshop gives an overview of some of the most common referencing conventions seen in APA referencing. Referencing correctly is key to good academic practice. This workshop focuses on APA, in-text citations and how to construct some of the most common types of bibliographic citations. It will also highlight how to best make use of the referencing guides that are available and answer any referencing questions that you might be having difficulty with.   

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OSCOLA Referencing 

The OSCOLA referencing workshop gives an overview of some of the most common referencing conventions seen in OSCOLA referencing. Referencing correctly is key to good academic practice. This workshop focuses on OSCOLA, footnotes and how to construct some of the most common types of bibliographic citations. It will also highlight how to best make use of the referencing guides that are available and answer any referencing questions that you might be having difficulty with.   

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Your Guide to Turnitin

The Your Guide to Turnitin workshop gives you an insight into how to use the software to your advantage. The workshop will take you through the basics of how to upload one of your assignments as well as walking you through, and breaking down, the Turnitin report.

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Paraphrasing

The Paraphrasing will help you master these essential skills, strengthen your academic voice and critical thinking, and will also help you avoid plagiarism. In this workshop, we will explore the fundamentals of these techniques, and provide clear guidance on how to use them. When used correctly, these skills allow you to demonstrate the depth of your subject understanding, and your ability to combine relevant material from many sources into a unified whole.

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A Guide to Synthesis

Synthesis is an important higher-level skill in academia. Good academic essays are often described as being ‘more than the sum of their parts,’ and this is largely down to their use of synthesis. This workshop explores the fundamentals of synthesis and offers practical guidance on how to balance and combine sources to show deep understanding. It also provides a space for students to practise this skill in a supportive and collaborative environment.

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Organising Your References Using Mendeley

Struggle keeping track of your academic sources? Not sure how to organise your references? This workshop will provide an insight into how students across all levels and programmes can use Mendeley to store and organise their references.

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