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Art and Design Subject Guide: Citing Sources


Plagiarism is when you copy someone else's ideas or work as if it is yours. This can include paraphrasing their words without acknowledging where the ideas have come from. Students that plagiarise others' work could face disciplinary action. For more information see the Student Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook. Check out the following links on avoiding plagiarism:

Bibliographies and reference lists


When you write an assignment you will need to do a lot of background reading to fully understand the topic.  Later, when you write your assignment, you will use the ideas and information you found in your background reading.  You must acknowledge the work of others in your assignment.  You need to do this by :

  • Using in text referencing
  • Writing a Reference list

The other reading you did to understand the topic, but did not directly use in your assignment must be included in your bibliography.

For more information on citing sources please see the information on APA referencing