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About this guide
This guide contains information about two important parts of academic integrity: referencing and plagiarism. Good referencing is part of good academic conduct and one of the main ways to make sure you avoid plagiarising other people's work.
Please note that the examples given throughout this guide are in Harvard style, which is the most commonly used referencing style at QMU. These are illustrative of how to cite and reference.
Referencing at QMU
There are many different referencing styles. QMU modules require either standard Harvard or APA referencing. Most subjects at QMU ask you to use the Harvard referencing style. For guidance, please see the online resource Cite Them Right Online (QMU login required).
Some programmes ask you to reference using APA 7th referencing style (e.g. Psychology, and Speech and Language Therapy). If you are asked to use APA for assignments, consult Cite Them Right to make sure you are citing and referencing in the correct style. The default setting for Cite Them Right for QMU is Harvard (because the majority of modules require Harvard style referencing), so make sure to switch the Cite Them Right examples from Harvard to APA in the settings.
Cite Them Right
Cite Them Right
Cite them right is a comprehensive guide to referencing almost anything you will come across in the course of your studies or research.
There are two main ways to find what you're looking for:
Search - use the search field on the homepage, or in the top right corner of the site, to look for the type of source you want to reference. You can then filter the results by referencing style.
Browse - use the menu navigation to see what's available on Cite them right. Clicking on a category will reveal the types of sources in that category. There may be a subcategory to help you refine what you're looking for. You can find information on the principles of referencing under the 'basics' tab.
On the menu navigation you will also see an 'index' tab which will display a complete list of all of the content available on Cite them right.
Why referencing and citation is important and how to do it well
Find out about the principles behind referencing and how to acknowledge the information sources that you use. This tutorial is made-up of 11 short, self-contained topics, which you can explore and revisit at any time.
- What is referencing and why it matters
- What sources are appropriate to reference
- How to avoid plagiarism
- How to insert citations into your text
- Incorporating the work of others into your writing
- Documenting the full reference details