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Industrial, Organizational and Labour Studies (IOLS): Referencing


About plagiarism

 Plagiarism : using somene else's ideas as if they were your own is unacceptable and a punishable offence

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Turnitin is an internet based tool used to check and detect plagiarism in an essay or any kind of academic related document. Its a licensed based software which universities and school obtain through subscription

What is referencing?

Referencing is a practice of acknowledging other peoples works, ideas, sources used in a paper, assignment, report and conference papers in academic writing.

Referencing can be done manually as well as electronically.  There are several electronic bibliographic management systems available which can assist you with painfree referencing.

EndNote and RefWorks are 2 popular and powerful tools available at UKZN that help you manage your research.  EndNote is downloadable from the UKZN software library and RefWorks is accessible from the A-Z list of databases on the Libary's website.The library offers training sessions in both these tools helping students with the creation of an electronic bibliography.

Why should I reference my work?

  •       To  acknowledge the sources of information you have used just as authors of books and journal articles list the sources they have used

  •       It is academic courtesy to acknowledge the work of others - none of us know everthing and we rely on the work of others

  •       Your lecturers/readers need to see how widely you have read; whether you have used key sources and how up to date your information is

  •       Your lecturers/readers need to be able to verify the information you have used.


 In a world of e-research, there are more data sources available than ever, which means researchers need highly efficient ways to manage vast amounts of information easily. RefWorks is a powerful online research management, writing and collaboration tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store and share all types of information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.


EndNote enables you to move sealessly through your researh process with flexible tools for searching, organizing and sharing your research, creating your bibliography and writing your paper.

EndNote referencing

The following guide assists you with the operations and functionality of EndNote.

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