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Criminology and Forensic Studies Discipline (CFSD): 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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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 is a popular and powerful tool that can help you manage your research.  EndNote is downloadable from the UKZN software library.The library offers training sessions demonstrating and 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.


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


Your lecturer will give you a class ID which you need when you register on the Turnitin site as a student.



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

Endnote X9 is the latest version.

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