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Referencing and citation support

A guide to help students with referencing and citations

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism awareness

Academic integrity and plagiarism are two important concepts for you to be aware of as you start and continue your studies. Having a clear idea and awareness of what academic integrity and plagiarism are will help you to avoid plagiarism.  


What is Academic Integrity and why is it important?

Plagiarism what it is and how to avoid it?


How to avoid plagiarism: 

It is important to keep good records of where you are getting your information from and how you are incorporating these ideas into your own work. The Academic tutors team have resources on effective note-taking and organisational skills [opens new window]. The way that you do this in academic work is by citing your sources in the body of your assignments or work, and then including a reference. Including a reference list or bibliography at the end of your work with references detailed will help anyone reading your work find that piece of information in furture. 

The MyFeedback service  [opens new window] is also available to students at UEL. The service can provide valuable feedback on structure, grammar and referencing. Please make sure that you use this service well in advance of any deadlines. 

What is a citation? 

A citation is where you refer in your work to someone else's work or ideas. As you read academic sources, you will start to see citations within the work so you can think of these as signposts to the reference list or bibliography. There a number of examples of citations in Cite them Right [opens new window]. 

What is a reference?

A reference is more detailed information on how you can find the source of the information again. References are usually listed at the end of your assignment or work in a reference list or bibliography. A reference typically includes the following information: author, date of publication, title and where you can find this information (e.g. publisher, website address or Digital Object Identifier). You will probably use a number of different types of sources of information during your studies. Cite them Right has lots of examples of different information sources and details of how to construct a reference for a variety of sources of information. 

Cite them Right online:

 At the University of East London, the majority of the schools use Cite them Right' Harvard style of citation and referencing. Please check your module information for further guidance. 

The Library, Archives and Learning Services subscribes to the online version of Cite them Right, which you can access here: Cite them Right [opens new window]

Need help to access Cite them Right? This video will help:

If you need further help with constructing a reference, you can also contact your Academic Services Librarian or access the wealth of resources on Referencing from the Academic skills team as well English and Academic Writing guidance specifically Academic Integrity [opens new window]