Detailed information on how, and when, to include references in your work
Why do I need to reference?
You need to reference or cite any material you have used to compile the assignments you hand in as part of your course work at Box Hill Institute. By doing this you acknowledge that the words or ideas have come from another source (e.g a book, e-book, journal, website, DVD, or online journal article), and you also enable your teacher to check the sources you have used.
If you claim the work of others as your own (by copying and pasting from books or websites, rephrasing text or ideas without acknowledgement, or copying and handing in work produced by other students) this is a breach of copyright law called plagiarism. (See the box below for more information)
How do I reference?
There are usually two parts to a reference: a marker in the main text of your document that shows where an idea or quote has come from (this is called an In-text citation), and a list of all the resources you have used at the end of your document (called a reference list or bibliography). The in-text citations relate directly to items in your reference list.
Assignments will often require you to use a combination of resources. Every item used, regardless of the format must be acknowledged and referenced.
There are a number of different referencing styles. Most teaching centres at Box Hill Institute use the Harvard Referencing style, but some may use IEEE, MLA or APA. Check with your teachers to determine which style you should use.
Whatever style you use, it is important to be consistent with your formatting and the presentation of your reference list or bibliography. The guides in the left hand column will help you use specific referencing styles.
If you need further information, please contact us in the Library and ask for assistance.
What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism occurs when you make intentional or unintentional use of the work of someone else without proper acknowledgment. It includes:
Consequences of plagiarism.
Box Hill Institute treats plagiarism very seriously, with penalties that range from resubmission of assignments to termination of enrolment. To find out more refer to the following documents:
Plagiarism, Collusion and Cheating Policy
How can you avoid plagiarism?
An annotated bibliography includes a brief critique of each item in the list. Typically, the critique should be no more than 150 words, and includes a brief summary of the resource, and an evaluation of its quality.
For more information, refer to the following information: