Report Writing

Plagiarism and Referencing
Academic study is based on the development of ideas, arguing clearly, logically and honestly. As a result, knowledge is built up and people know where the ideas came from, what evidence supports them, and what evidence challenges them. This whole structure depends on acknowledging where ideas came from and making clear exactly what new ideas you yourself are putting forward. In other words, you must not plagiarise and you must reference. Plagiarism Make sure you are familiar with the university‟s regulations on plagiarism It is forbidden to represent any one else‟s work as your own. The most common problems will be avoided if you follow these rules:
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Don‟t copy from textbooks or articles written by others without acknowledging the author Don‟t copy from friends or other students Don‟t let them copy from you (or else you become an accessory to the crime) Don‟t copy from web sites Don‟t submit the same work for different assessments

You are, however, meant to work together when work is explicitly set as a group task. More information is available in the university‟s guidelines on academic integrity When you are writing your own report or essay, make notes from your various sources. However, when it comes to writing your own words, just use your own notes. Do not have the original book, report or article open in front of you and, especially, do not have the window open on your computer showing the original resource. The temptation to copy and paste is just too great! Remember too that just changing the occasional word from another source does not make the writing your own—this is still plagiarism. Referencing Any mention of work by others must be explicitly referenced in the text of your essays. A general bibliography at the end is not sufficient. In the Social Sciences, the standard system that we...