Harvard Referencing Guide

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What is Referencing?

When preparing a piece of work, there will be instances when you come across other people’s thoughts, ideas and theories that you wish to make reference to within your own work.

Making reference to other people’s work is called CITING.

Listing these references at the end of your piece of work is done in the form of a REFERENCE LIST and/or BIBLIOGRAPHY.

Different institutions have slight variations on how they employ the Harvard system.  By following this guide you will be following the agreed format for Doncaster College.

Why do I need to reference?

It is important to acknowledge other people’s ideas, thoughts and theories correctly

  • You need to do this to avoid PLAGIARISM
  • You need to do this to support reasoned argument in the form of ‘EVIDENCE’
  • You need to do this to show BREADTH and DEPTH within your research

What is plagiarism?

Although it is generally accepted that confusion will reign for the first few weeks of a new academic year, ignorance will not be accepted as an excuse or as a defence against an accusation of PLAGIARISM – you must, therefore, UNDERSTAND what it is and how to AVOID it.

If you fail to reference your information sources correctly, you are passing off the work of someone else as your own, whether intentional or otherwise – that is PLAGIARISM.

Correctly referencing your sources is vital if you are to avoid this.  PLAGIARISM is comparable to CHEATING in an exam, and Doncaster College condemns the practice.

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For further information on referencing and how to correctly cite and reference, click here to download our Harvard Referencing guide (PDF).