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Referencing and Plagiarism

Plagiarism is defined as “taking of another person’s thoughts, words, results, judgements, ideas, images etc., and presenting them as your own.”  (Academic Honesty and Integrity statement 2011).

Citing, citation, referencing and bibliography all refer to the academic convention of acknowledging your sources to give proper credit to other people’s work and ideas. By referencing consistently and clearly, you are:

  • Showing you have read widely and consulted relevant works
  • Substantiating any statement you make, so it is clear whether the idea belongs to you or someone else
  • Enabling others to follow up your references, if required.

You need to make a note of everything you read and make sure you reference all your sources in your assignments to avoid accidental plagiarism.

Referencing Styles

Faculties and Departments use a variety of referencing styles;  information about the correct style to use can sometimes be found in your module handbook.

Library Services have drawn up a Guide to Referencing, to assist you when referencing your assignments.

Bibliographic software

Library Services provides interactive e-learning modules and online guides to help you use Desktop Endnote for PC and Refworks:

If you have worked through the material and feel you would like to go through it again in a group workshop, you can book a place via the KLaSS Library Guide

Turnitin Practice Plagiarism Module

Library Services provide a self-enrol Turnitin Practice Module via KEATS, where students can develop their referencing skills, take self-test quizzes and practice submitting a Turnitin assignment.

Queries about course-related Turnitin assignments can usually be dealt with by the relevant Faculty e-learning support team.

Support with using the Turnitin interface is available on the KEATS Student Support Module and KEATS Staff Support Module


Further plagiarism support at King’s

The Study Skills Centre provide one-to-one appointments and a selection of online materials.

The English Language Centre offers study skills support, including group and one-to-one academic writing tutorials to all King’s students.

KCLSU can offer support and advice if you are having academic related problems; for example, if it has been suggested that you may have been involved in academic misconduct (cheating, collusion, plagiarism etc.).

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