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Stellenbosch students

A Library guide for students based in Stellenbosch studying BA (Hons) Business Management

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Referencing and Plagiarism

Referencing is important in academic writing and an essential part of any of your assignments. It:

  • allows you to acknowledge your sources,
  • gives academic credibility to your work,
  • demonstrates your knowledge of a subject area,
  • prevents accusations of plagiarism.

You should always reference a source when:

  • using a direct quote
  • summarising a theory
  • discussing someone else's opinion
  • using case studies
  • quoting statistics or visual data
  • but not when stating your own opinion, observation or experience.

Plagiarism is "the wrongful... publication as one's own, of the ideas, or the expression of the ideas of another" (Oxford English Dictionary)

Plagiarism tutorial

Plagiarism tutorial

This short tutorial explains what plagiarism is and also gives you tips on how to avoid it. It takes about 20 minutes to complete.

An Introduction to Referencing

Managing your references

Reference management software helps you to store and organise your references and generate citations and reference lists. The Library provides access and support to:


Ref Works

Available from on and off campus, click here to log in.


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EndNote X7 is available in the Software Centre on any networked campus University of Lincoln PC or Mac.  You will need to download it while you are on campus, but once you have, you can access from off campus using the University Cloud.