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These pages will introduce you to the concept of academic integrity, signpost you to the University’s policies on academic malpractice, and support you in referencing your academic work.

Academic integrity

The International Center for Academic Integrity (2014) defines academic integrity as honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage in your academic work.

At University you are part of a learning community and as such will be developing, discussing and sharing new or long-standing ideas as you study. This is great, and very much encouraged, but it is important to ensure how you share or present these ideas, particularly those belonging to other people, acknowledges their original source.

Skills around academic integrity can and will develop over your time at university.  If you have any immediate questions or concerns speak to your academic tutors, who can offer you guidance and support.

The University defines academic malpractice as ‘an attempt to gain an advantage over other students by the use of unfair and/or unacceptable methods’ (Edge Hill University, 2018).  Find out more about the University’s policies on academic malpractice.

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Referencing style guides and toolkit

Harvard referencing

Harvard is a generic term for any style that uses the author-date format for references embedded within the main body of your assignment. These citations are accompanied by a full list of references, in alphabetical order, at the end of your work in a section often called your reference list or bibliography.

Take a look at some examples below, and make use of the Harvard Referencing Guide or the new Referencing Toolkit.

Journal article

Not all subjects will use Harvard style of referencing, so be sure to check with your tutor which style they would like you to use. Other styles of referencing can be accessed via your Subject Resources.

Other referencing styles

Although Harvard is the most common style of referencing used at Edge Hill University not all subjects will use it, so be sure to check with your tutor on which style they would like you to use. Other styles of referencing can be accessed on your Subject Resources pages.

Referencing toolkit

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Referencing support

Referencing is a skill you will develop the more you do it! A great way to practice your skills is to:

Once you’ve completed the steps above, if you have any further questions about your referencing you can book on a UniSkills Workshop, book a one to one appointment or Ask Us a question online.