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Using and integrating sources

Finding relevant scholarly literature and integrating these sources into your own writing are key aspects of undertaking studies in Arts. Reading previous research will help you to form your own point of view, and using academic sources in your papers will help you to contextualise your ideas and give them authority. For your readers it must be clear which ideas and words are your own, and which are taken from someone else's work. Remember that you must acknowledge wherever you have used other people's research in your own writing. This is to respect the intellectual property of other researchers and to make it clear that you have done research. Failing to do this and passing off someone else's contribution as your own is plagiarism.

Collusion is when you submit work as your own which actually is completely or partly the work of someone else, e.g. another student or a tutor.

Plagiarism and collusion are a serious offences and there are severe penalties. See the University's website on University's policy on plagiarism.

The following activities are designed to help you understand what plagiarism and collusion are, how you can avoid them and how you can effectively paraphrase sources in your writing.


In-text citations

Plagiarism: where do you draw the line?

Collusion: where do you draw the line?

Introduction to paraphrasing

Effective paraphrasing

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