Or maybe I'm just projecting...?
Point is, for most of us referencing is the last thing we do before we submit our assignments and it really shouldn't be. Referencing is really important, guys!
If you've attended one of my sessions on academic misconduct and plagiarism you'll be aware that our lecturers don't ask you to reference because they have a sick sense of humour or like watching you suffer.
We want you to reference your work because:
- it's an effective way of demonstrating how much you have researched and understood
- it's a simple way of showing which ideas are yours and which ideas belong to others
- it's a requirement of your degree that you learn how to academically reference correctly
- it's essential to give original creators credit for the work they do
- it's good practice for when you work professionally and need to credit the people you work with
Think of it this way: You wouldn't want people claiming your work as their own.
If you don't reference correctly then any ideas, quotes or content you have copied or taken from other sources are considered plagiarised. This is a BIG DEAL. If you are found guilty of plagiarism you might have to resubmit the assignment or repeat the subject. You could even face suspension or expulsion from your course.
The good news is that there are plenty of resources out there to help you keep track of your research, cite correctly and create a reference list.
At Raffles you have access to Turnitin via e-learning. You can upload your assignment and Turnitin will create an 'originality report' for you, which clearly shows how much of your work is copied or 'borrowed' from other sources. Make sure that you leave plenty of time to correct any mistakes though. Typically you can only upload one assignment every 24 hours!
I've linked to a few more of the best online resources below and you can find more information in the research guide on this website.
- plagiarism.org: plenty of info about how and when to cite sources as well as a plagiarism checker
- ctfm: has a range of tools to help you manage your research as well as referencing style guides
- LibResources: our own guide to research and referencing at Raffles
So happy studying and may the force be with you as you finish off your (perfectly referenced) assignments :)
Until next time.