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Libraries and Learning Skills

Technical Theatre

This is a guide to the library for students studying technical theatre.

Referencing style guide

Drama uses the Harvard referencing style.  You are required to follow this guidance for all of your assessed work.  

Harvard Referencing Tutorial

This short tutorial explains why and when to reference and introduces you to the Harvard style of referencing.  It takes about 20 minutes to complete.


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.


Referencing and Plagiarism

Why should I reference?

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.

the word reference on a dictionary page circled in red ink

What is plagiarism?

dictionary definition of plagiarism: the wrongful publication as one's own of the ideas of the expression of the ideas of another

What should I reference?

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.

If you are unsure use this flowchart to check whether you need to reference (click on the image to enlarge).

 flowchat showing the questions to ask yourself when deciding whether to reference