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Digital Arts: Referencing

Why should I refernce my assignment?


  1. To acknowledge the sources of information you have used just as authors of books and journal articles list the sources they have used
  2. It is academic courtesy to acknowledge the work of others – none of us know everything and we rely on the work of others
  3. Your lecturers/readers need to see from where you obtained your information 
  4. 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
  5. Your lecturers/readers need to be able to verify the information you have used
  6. Plagiarism – using someone else’s ideas as if they were your own is unacceptable and a punishable offence.



EndNote is a package for creating and storing a library of references (citations plus abstracts, notes etc) which can then be used in conjunction with the typing of Word documents and creation of bibliographies.

Things to Remember about EndNote:

You need to download EndNote to your pc.

EndNote does not replace the style manual. It makes it easier to follow the manual, but you will still need the manual.

Back up your EndNote Libraries.


Turnit in 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.


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