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If you are an undergraduate, or studying a taught masters level course, then your school will specify which referencing style you need to use throughout your degree.

Different disciplines have varying referencing requirements so if you’re not sure check with your lecturer or tutor before starting to write.

If you are a on a research course then you may need to change your referencing style if you’re planning to publish in a particular journal. Your Academic Subject Librarian will be able to advise on how to identify what this is if you need help.

– Adele Beeken – University of Lincoln GCW Library subject librarian Just Ask

There are steps you can take to avoid plagiarism, for example, it is essential to credit the original author and correctly reference the sources of information you have used.

You will need to provide a list of reference materials at the end of your essay called a bibliography, which includes the full publication details of all the materials you have used.

Always include a reference in your text whenever you use someone’s ideas or quote directly from a source.

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