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Why reference?

  • Academic reasons

    • It is a requirement of the University

    • Provides supporting evidence for facts, opinions, data, approaches taken

    • Gives your work academic credibility

    • Avoid plagiarism!

    • Quote another person’s exact word

    • Copy any figures, tables or structures, pictures

  • Practical reasons

    • Allows others to easily find your sources

    • Helps you re-trace your reading in the future

    • Poor information sources and poor referencing loses marks

The name of the game of referencing


  • The different styles lay down rules to have a uniform style of referencing

APA Style Guide

Chicago Style Guide

Harvard Style Guide

Vancouver Style Guide

The process of writing seminars - Harvard method

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When to reference?




All of the following are considered plagiarism by

  • Turning in someone else's work as your own
  • Copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • Failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • Giving incorrect information about a source of a quotation
  • Changing words, but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • Copying so many words or ideas that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not

Read more and empower yourself with knowledge on plagiarism by using the link above.

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Guidelines when using AI

(ChatGPT, Bing Chat, etc.)

Remember that AI is a knowledge that still needs evaluation because it falls short of “intelligence”.

Always use AI responsibly by:

  • Please verify all information that you get from AI before you use it.
  • Do not Copy & Paste.
  • Remember that using AI as it is is an academic misconduct.
  • Critical thinking and your own opinion are most important.

When only using AI, be mindful of the following:

  • You are disregarding your ideas, capabilities and arguments.
  • You don’t allow yourself to learn and grow academically.
  • It silences your academic voice and critical thinking.

See the following links for Guidelines on using AI:

You can also read this fascinating article by Mark Ryan and Bernd Carsten Stahl about ethical guidelines for developers and users of AI tools:

Enjoy your ethical ride when using AI!

Ronet Vrey


See the Libguide on AI

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