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Plagiarism and Referencing Styles

Health Sciences Guides

ICMJE: Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals (sample references)

HSL guide to American Psychological Association (APA) 

HSL guide to Harvard

HSL guide to Vancouver 

 

An important characteristic of academic writing is the acknowledgement of other writers’ words or creations through citing and referencing all sources of information used. Citing is the practice of quoting from, or referring to, other writers’ works and ideas  in the text of your work; referencing is the listing of the full details of the publications that you have cited so  that the reader can find the original sources. Citing and referencing have long been regarded as hallmarks of  good academic writing.

See also:

De Jager, K. & Steele, D. 2016. UCT Author-date reference guide: based on the Harvard referencing style. Cape Town: University of Cape Town Libraries. DOI:10.15641/-0-7992-2529-7.

Referencing Styles

General guide to referencing

  • Compiling the bibliography from the Information Fluency site developed in 2001 for the Cape Higher Education Consortium by Janine Lockhart and Adriaan Coetzee).

Reference management tools:

The University of Cape Town subscribes to both EndNote and RefWorks, which are reference management tools used to store and organise references. UCT staff and students can access EndNote and RefWorks on campus and off-campus (by logging in via EZProxy).

AVOIDING PLAGIARISM: A GUIDE FOR STUDENTS
Plagiarism is the act of copying someone else's work and passing it off as your own. Together with the referencing resources listed above, this guide will help you avoid committing plagiarism. It includes the University's plagiarism declaration which students must include with any work they are submitting for assessment.

Download and attach the Plagiarism Declaration (or the Law Faculty Plagiarism Declaration) to your work.