Plagiarism and Referencing

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the act of taking another person’s work and passing it off as your own, which amounts to theft. This includes information from books, articles, web pages, songs, television shows, interviews, artworks or any other medium.

Whenever you paraphrase, summarise, or take words, phrases, or sentences from another person’s work, it is necessary to indicate the source of the information within your work and in a reference list at the end. This is called referencing.

Photograph showing a reference list

Engineering programmes at the University of Northampton use the Harvard referencing system. You will find below links to the University of Northampton Harvard referencing guides:

These guides are comprehensive, however if you would like help please contact an Academic Librarian or a CfAP Tutor for further assistance.

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