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Info Skills Road Trip: 5 - Referencing: Getting Started

Go to the Toolkit!

The Info Skills Road Trip has been retired, and is no longer being used or updated.

We have a new suite of self-paced modules to help you get onboard with research at university!

Go to the InfoSkills Toolkit to get tips and advice to unpacking your assignment question, finding resources, evaluating what you find and referencing your sources.

Go to the InfoSkills Toolkit by clicking here

Credibility Creek

Talk to me!

This awesome little playlist from the Critical Thinker Academy will talk you through most of what you need to know.  If you don't want to read everything on this section of the guide, you can probably just watch this playlist and learn most of it this way.

Detours associated with this stop

This stop is connected to the Managing Your Research detour - where you'll find some helpful hints about keeping track of where your information comes from.


Here at Credibility Creek you will find out:

  • What referencing is and why you MUST do it to avoid plagiarism
  • Some nitty-gritty stuff about where you put references (and what they should look like)
  • A bit of information about what lecturers want to see when they look at your reference list

Upholding Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity is all about being honest and up front about your work.  Specifically, it looks at:

  • Being honest about how much research you have done.
  • Being honest about when, where and how you have used someone else's ideas or information
     (giving credit where credit is due).
  • Being honest about what is and isn't original work.

In practical terms it involves doing two simple things:

  1. Putting original thought and work into every single assignment, while also researching appropriately.
  2. Referencing appropriately whenever you use someone else's work to support yours.

When you submit an assignment at JCU, you are saying "Except where I have noted, this work is mine and it is original," as well as "Wherever I have been helped by someone else's work, I have acknowledged them."

If you hand in a piece of work where you have not been honest and up front about where your information has come from, you could be guilty of plagiarism, and that is against the Student Academic Misconduct Requirements.


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