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Sources, citing and referencing at Biology Department, Lund University: Academic conduct/plagarism

Academic conduct/plagiarism

When you write a report, an essay or other assignment you will most often need to support your arguments by referring to other published work such as academic journal articles, books, newspaper articles, government reports, dissertations and theses, and material from the Internet.
There are many reasons to why you need to give accurate references:

  • To give credit to other authors' concepts and ideas
  • To provide the reader (often the marker/examiner of the assignment) with evidence of the breadth and depth of your reading
  • To enable the readers of your work to locate the references easily
  • To avoid being accused of plagiarism which is an academic offence