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Why Cite Reference Sources
- To avoid plagiarism
- To acknowledge debts to other writers
- To verify quotations
- To enable all those who read your work to locate your sources easily
- To enable readers to follow-up and read more fully the cited author’s arguments
- To demonstrate the body of knowledge upon which your research is based
What constitutes Plagiarism
- Copy sentences from a web page, a blog, a book, or an article and insert them into your paper without citing them.
- Copy large chunks of text from one or more original sources and insert it into work.
- Use an image or video from any source and do not cite it properly.
- Quote or paraphrase from another paper without crediting the original author.
- Cite data without crediting the original source.
- Propose another author’s idea as if it were your own.
- Fabricating references or using incorrect references.
- Submitting someone else’s presentation, program, spreadsheet, or other file with only minor alterations.
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Reference Managers Supported by Research Commons
1. EndNote is software for storing and managing bibliographic references. You can create your own EndNote library and manually add references or import them from databases. EndNote works with Microsoft Word and other word processing programs to create citations and bibliographies in a citation style of your choice.
2. Mendeley is a free online referencing system that you can use on the web and on your desktop. You can create your own fully-searchable reference library, cite as you write and read and annotate your PDFs. It also functions as an academic social network; you can create your own researcher profile.
Common Referencing styles
Useful links on Plagiarism
These titles and more on different aspects of research are available in the University of Ghana Library System. Look them up in the UGCat for precise location and call no.
Understanding Research Methods by
Publication Date: 2012-01-01
The Literature Review by
Publication Date: 2012-07-31
This Second Edition of Diana Ridley's bestselling guide to the literature review outlines practical strategies for reading and note taking, and guides the reader on how to conduct a systematic search of the available literature, and uses cases and examples throughout to demonstrate best practice in writing and presenting the review. New to this edition are examples drawn from a wide range of disciplines, a new chapter on conducting a systematic review, increased coverage of issues of evaluating quality and conducting reviews using online sources and online literature and enhanced guidance in dealing with copyright and permissions issues.
The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagarism by
Publication Date: 2007-07-01
Why is there so much emphasis on citing sources in some written work? How can I be sure I am referencing sources correctly? What is plagiarism and how do I avoid it? There is a great deal of emphasis on accurate referencing in written work for university students, and those writing for professional purposes, but little information on the ‘when’, the ‘why’, as well as the ‘how’ of referencing. This book fills that gap, giving clear guidelines on how to correctly cite from external sources, what constitutes plagiarism, and how it can be avoided.A unique feature of the book is the comparisons it makes between different referencing styles - such as Harvard, APA, MLA and Numerical referencing styles - which are shown side-by-side. This provides a useful guide, for students as they progress through higher education, and particularly for those on combined studies courses - who may be expected to use two, and sometimes three, different referencing styles.Other special features in the book include: Essays demonstrating referencing in action Exercises on when to reference, and on what is, and what is not, plagiarism A ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section on the referencing issues that most often puzzle people A detailed guide to referencing electronic sources, and advice on how to choose reliable Internet sites A Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarismis essential reading for all students and professionals who need to use referencing to accurately reflect the work of others and avoid plagiarism.
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