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Scholarly Research and Related Resources: How to Reference and avoid Plagiarism

This is a one-stop Portal to assist researchers/postgraduate students in the research process. You will find information on the whole research process, publishing and other related topics.

Referencing tips for postgraduates

N.B. If you use sections for your Thesis or Dissertation in an article, book or conference paper that you publish, or vice versa, you must acknowledge properly.  Even though it may be your work, you still need to acknowledge the source. Failure to do this would be academic dishonesty or misconduct.  

If you publish your full thesis or dissertation as a book, you will need to rework it, as it is not written in a book form.

Also, if you use sections of your literature review from your Honours in your Master's, for example, you will also need to rework it in relation to the new topic.  You may not just cut and paste your whole literature review into your research for the new degree. This is cheating and academic misconduct/dishonesty as you have already got marks and got the previous degree, now you need to do work for the new degree.