Norwood expects staff and students to understand and demonstrate the values of Respect and Responsibility, which includes acting with academic integrity.
Shows what you have read | Your references demonstrate the depth and the breadth of your reading.
Enables the reader to locate the sources referred to in your work | Researchers rely on referencing to locate sources.
Supports and strengthens your argument | You must show that the evidence used to support your argument has come from reliable sources.
Demonstrates academic integrity | Proper referencing ensures that you have acknowledged your sources and that you have done your best to avoid plagiarism – the use of other people's words, ideas or materials without proper acknowledgement. Plagiarism can be intentional (deliberate cheating) or unintentional (happen accidentally).
(adapted from Deakin University)
Plagiarism may be:
The consequences for plagiarism apply even for unintentional plagiarism.
(From Victoria University)
"Generally speaking, you can regard something as common knowledge if you find the same information undocumented in at least five credible sources. Additionally, it might be common knowledge if you think the information you're presenting is something your readers will already know, or something that a person could easily find in general reference sources. But when in doubt, cite; if the citation turns out to be unnecessary, your teacher or editor will tell you."
(From Purdue OWL)